Beyond graduation: motivations and career aspirations of undergraduate chemistry students

Jared C. Ogunde, Tina L. Overton, Christopher D. Thompson, Ruth Mewis, Suzanne Boniface

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This study investigated undergraduate chemistry students' career aspirations and how these vary from one educational system to another in different geographic regions. The participants of this study were undergraduate chemistry students from various institutions located in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The study took place in the form of an international cross-sectional survey. Findings of this study show that undergraduate students choose to study chemistry predominantly because they are interested in it or because they like it. This study also found that, whereas undergraduate students mainly have plans of pursuing a career that uses chemistry, they seem to be aware that a chemistry course can lead to many career options and as such only a few have chosen to study it as a route to a specific career. The findings of this study may be important in informing policies to attract and retain students in chemistry courses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-471
Number of pages15
JournalChemistry Education Research and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

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