Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mixed-Method Study Exploring International Students' Career Readiness at a Four-Year Private University in the Midwest
by Bonnand, Chloe, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2019, 160; 13863432
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored international students’ career readiness in a four-year, private university in the Midwest. In order to measure career readiness, the researcher reviewed three factors: financial support, academic major, and country of origin. International students graduating in May 2018 received a survey from the researcher on career readiness. A total of 38 students completed the survey. The final question of the survey was an invitation to participate in an individual interview and/or a focus group. The qualitative data from the survey showed that financial support impacted international students’ career readiness. International students with financial support were more prepared to enter the workforce than students who did not have financial support. Academic majors also impacted career readiness. Students with Business majors pointed out that due to the numerous different fields within the field of Business, it was difficult to show proficiency in one area needed by an employer. Students pursuing other degrees such as Science and Education had a clear idea of the steps to take after graduation and what employers were looking for in new graduates. Country of origin did not have an impact on career readiness as all international students pointed out the difficulties and uncertainties met after graduation due to the immigration restrictions on student and work visas in the United States.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nasser, Roger
Commitee: Rodgers, Christie, Romero-Ghiretti, Gabriela
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Higher education
Keywords: Career readiness, Financial support, International students
Publication Number: 13863432
ISBN: 978-1-392-07462-6
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