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The influence of cultural social identity on graduate student career choice

  • Author(s): Haley, KJ
  • Jaeger, AJ
  • Levin, JS
  • et al.

This study examines and enriches understanding of the career choice process for graduate students of color. Social identity theory (SIT) is used as a framework to expand our understanding of how and why graduate students choose (or do not choose) faculty careers. Graduate students' cultural social identities influenced their career choice beyond work-life balance as they sought an integrated life that included values, beliefs, and perspectives that represent their cultural community.

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