Title

Impact of Parental Occupation on Career Aspirations

Abstract/Description

This paper seeks to identify the relationship between parental occupations and gender-specific career aspirations of undergraduate students. To do this, we conducted surveys with fourth-year undergraduate students in eight universities of Lahore, Pakistan. These surveys have collected data on demographic characteristics, parental occupations, and career aspirations. The results show that a high mother’s skill level is associated with higher career aspirations for children especially females. Father’s higher skill level has a negative impact on a child’s career aspiration and this does not differ across genders. Furthermore, as career aspirations are determinant of one’s career choices and attitude, therefore, the obtained results are beneficial in understanding and analyzing the prevailing gender gap in labor market.

Session Theme

Labour Market and Career Choices - Session IIA

Session Type

Parallel Technical Session

Session Chair

Dr. Qazi Masood, Professor, IBA, Karachi

Session Discussant

Dr. Abbas Gillani, Assistant Professor - Institute of Business Administration Karachi

Start Date

6-4-2021 2:29 PM

End Date

3-4-2021 4:00 PM

Comments

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Lahore School of Economics (LSE)

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Impact of Parental Occupation on Career Aspirations

This paper seeks to identify the relationship between parental occupations and gender-specific career aspirations of undergraduate students. To do this, we conducted surveys with fourth-year undergraduate students in eight universities of Lahore, Pakistan. These surveys have collected data on demographic characteristics, parental occupations, and career aspirations. The results show that a high mother’s skill level is associated with higher career aspirations for children especially females. Father’s higher skill level has a negative impact on a child’s career aspiration and this does not differ across genders. Furthermore, as career aspirations are determinant of one’s career choices and attitude, therefore, the obtained results are beneficial in understanding and analyzing the prevailing gender gap in labor market.