BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Fall 2023

Date of Submission



Dr. Saima Binte Saif, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts


Dr. Habiba Zaheer, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This study means to explore the role of parental expectations in the university student’s career decision making process. In the cultural context of Karachi, Pakistan, parents often have high hopes and aspirations for their children's future careers. These expectations can influence the choice of academic majors, career paths, and even the selection of educational institutions (Ali, 2019).

A qualitative approach was adopted in which semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather data. A total of 10 participants (5 male, 5 female) were recruited from universities all over Karachi. The results from the study covered a lot of themes. It indicated that parental expectations regarding career and academics start developing from early ages. Independence and passion are the main factors when it comes to career decision-making. University students expect their parents to support them morally and emotionally. In addition to this, effective communication with parents does impact a lot on a child’s self-esteem. University students coming from a lower SES background and male students face higher parental expectations when it comes to career decision making. These implications can serve as actionable steps to foster a more supportive environment for university students facing the challenges of aligning parental expectations with their own career aspirations.


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This research was inspired by the course Social Psychology, I hope this work will be a good contribution to the community!

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