Factors Shaping Qatari Students’ Career Expectations in STEM, Business or Public Sector Fields
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Qatar University, QATAR
Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
Center for Social and Behavioral Research, University of Northern Iowa, U.S.A.
Mathematica Policy Research, U.S.A.
Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
College of Education, Qatar University, QATAR
Strategy & Development Office, Qatar University, QATAR
Abdellatif Sellami   

Qatar University, POBox 2713, SESRI, New Library, 1234 Doha, Qatar
Online publication date: 2017-09-16
Publication date: 2017-09-29
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2017;13(10):6491–6505
The purpose of this study was to identify factors shaping career expectations of Qatari students. The study examined individual and motivational variables likely to influence career expectations in STEM fields, the public sector, and business. This study used survey data of 802 Qatari students and 543 parents from the 2012 Qatar Education Study. The results suggest a varied, context-dependent portrait of career expectations. The results indicate that the education system in Qatar influenced students’ STEM career expectations and demonstrate that operating a private business or seeking a job in the public sector continues to rival their expectations about STEM careers in Qatar. The paper concludes with some important implications for policy as well as recommendations for further study and research.
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