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Factors influencing career decision of undergraduate and postgraduate students: an Indian context

Princy Thomas (Christ University, Bangalore, India)
Daniel John (Christ University, Bangalore, India)
Lijo Thomas (Christ University, Bangalore, India)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 2 August 2023

Issue publication date: 1 February 2024




The objective of the study was to explore the factors influencing the career decisions of students doing the students' undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes from urban private universities/colleges in the Indian context.


Career decision-making is determined by different factors and is contextual. The present study explores and identifies the prominent factors influencing career decision-making. A pool of 33 questions was developed, and these questions were initially administered to a sample of 233 students. Principal component analysis with Varimax Rotation identified salient factors. In the second study, confirmatory analysis was performed based on the opinion of 304 students.


The study shows that the student's career deciding factors include (1) career clarity, (2) career exploration, (3) career reward and recognition and (4) career initiative for professional and personal growth.


The study focussed on career-deciding factors for UG and PG students from urban universities/colleges in the Indian context and the findings can be used for planning career counselling interventions.



Thomas, P., John, D. and Thomas, L. (2024), "Factors influencing career decision of undergraduate and postgraduate students: an Indian context", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 95-108.



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