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Attitudes toward international careers among male and female Canadian business students after 9‐11

Bruce C.Y. Wang (Burnaby, Canada)
Nailin Bu (School of Business, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

Abstract

Career aspirations of 145 senior undergraduate business students in Canada were analyzed. An overwhelming majority desired an overseas assignment at some point in their career, and they were not adversely affected by the 9‐11 terrorist attack. While 60 percent of the students considered pursuing a global career with multiple international assignments, 40 percent of those did so hesitantly. While receptivity to international careers was affected by the expectations of how such a career would enhance the quality of professional life and speed career advancement, willingness to accept a particular position was mostly influenced by the extent to which it would allow for a satisfying personal life. An international assignment would likely be rejected if it was at an undesirable location or would negatively affect family life. Women were as receptive to international careers as men, and multilingual students with foreign friends tended to have a strong interest in international careers.

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Wang, B.C.Y. and Bu, N. (2004), "Attitudes toward international careers among male and female Canadian business students after 9‐11", Career Development International, Vol. 9 No. 7, pp. 647-673. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430410570356

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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