Factors Shaping Qatari Students’ Career Expectations in STEM, Business or Public Sector Fields
Abdellatif Sellami 1 * , Linda Kimmel 2, Jill Wittrock 3, Brian Hunscher 4, Anna Cotter 5, Ahmed Al-Emadi 6, Darwish Al-Emadi 7
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1 Qatar University, QATAR2 Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan, U.S.A.3 Center for Social and Behavioral Research, University of Northern Iowa, U.S.A.4 Mathematica Policy Research, U.S.A.5 Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, U.S.A.6 College of Education, Qatar University, QATAR7 Strategy & Development Office, Qatar University, QATAR* Corresponding Author


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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EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2017, Volume 13, Issue 10, 6491-6505


Publication date: 29 Sep 2017

Online publication date: 16 Sep 2017

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