The die is cast: Brexit's influence on student career intentions

Dodourova, Mariana, Clarkin, John and Balint, Lenkei (2019) The die is cast: Brexit's influence on student career intentions. Studies in Higher Education . ISSN 0307-5079 (Published online first)

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Brexit, Britain’s referendum to leave the European Union (EU), provided the backdrop for this study, although how or even if it will be implemented is uncertain. Most UK voters supported leaving the EU, yet an overwhelming majority of young people voted to remain. In an environment of economic and labour market ambiguity, we sampled 304 UK university students to examine Brexit’s perceived impact on their career plans. Using Theory of Planned Behaviour, we found that students with higher internal locus of control intended to adapt career plans, although students who identified themselves as British were less proactive. Whilst most students aspired to follow a career path as an employee of a large company, nearly one third intended to become entrepreneurs, a path preferred by twice the number of males as females. Our results provide important insights for post-Brexit planning of educational policy and for businesses and labour markets throughout Europe.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 26292
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 24/03/2019, available online:
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Depositing User: Mariana Dodourova
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 16:09
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 17:11

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