Factors that Influence the Decision to Pursue Studies or Work after Graduation: A Study among Final Year Undergraduates in Universiti Sains Malaysia

Kah , Chon KONG and Hon , Lian KOK and Fernandez, Jacqueline Liza (2015) Factors that Influence the Decision to Pursue Studies or Work after Graduation: A Study among Final Year Undergraduates in Universiti Sains Malaysia. In: Conference Proceedings of Social Sciences Postgraduate International Seminar (SSPIS). School of Social Sciences, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, pp. 250-260. ISBN 978-967-11473-2-0

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    Abstract

    Postgraduate education is becoming more and more important in developed countries such as US and Europe, as well as in developing countries. The government of Malaysia is also trying to encourage students to pursue postgraduate studies by implementing policies such as MyBrain 15. The purpose of this research is to determine the factors that influence the decision to pursue postgraduate studies among final year undergraduates in Malaysia. A sample of 434 respondents from Universiti Sains Malaysia is used in this study and a logit regression is estimated to examine the factors that influence the choice to pursue postgraduate studies versus the choice to work. The findings of this study reveal that variables such as gender, academic stream, race, family income, CGPA and expected difference in future income are significantly related to the decision to pursue postgraduate studies. Policy recommendations based on the findings of this study include encouragement for males to pursue postgraduate studies, giving sufficient and sustainable financial aid, ensuring a higher premium for postgraduates, improving the university ranking and reputation as well as offering programmes with affordable fees and creating a better environment for students to study.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Subjects: H Social Sciences
    Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan (School of Social Sciences) > Social Sciences Postgraduate International Seminar (SSPIS)
    Depositing User: ASM Ab Shukor Mustapa
    Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 09:10
    Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 09:10
    URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/37603

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