A Study of Factors Influencing Mauritian Students in Making their Career Choice and an Evaluation of Career Counselling Services in Mauritius

By Sharone Ramasawmy, Swami Paramananda and Girish Mautadin.

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This study investigates the factors influencing Mauritian students in making their career choices and an evaluation of the career counselling services in Mauritius. A triangulation between a quantitative approach and a qualitative has been adopted in order to have complementary information on the factors influencing career making decisions and on the evaluation of the career guidance services in Mauritius. In the quantitative approach, a survey was used to collect data, and in the qualitative approach, a focus group discussion was adopted. Two hundred and seventy-two university students completed questionnaires on career choice (self-administered and through emails). Four students participated in the focus group discussion. An analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data revealed that students are influenced by a wide range of factors. The most influential factors were found to be jobs available in the labor market; followed by lifelong learning opportunities; then by a high salary and prospects for promotions; fourthly, by prestige; and finally, by parental influence. Findings from the focus group discussion also converged towards the same results, along with several details on the why and how those factors have influenced their career choices were found. Moreover, the need for career counselling was felt by the majority of participants, and several proposals were given on how to improve the existing career guidance service.

Keywords: Career Counselling, Career Choice, Career Decision Making, Career Counselling Services, Job Satisfaction

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.321-338. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 818.905KB).

Sharone Ramasawmy

Counsellor, Mauritius

Sharone Ramasawmy has a BSc (Hons) in psychology and a Masters in counselling. She works as counsellor for the National Empowerment Foundation and is also a part-time lecturer. She is deeply rooted in research, education, counselling, spirituality, meditation, and self education. She has also carried out research titled: Spirituality, Ethical Orientation, and Ethical Decision Making: A Study of Mauritian Managers.

His Holiness Swami Paramananda

Spiritual Master, Dubreuil, Mauritius

Mr. Rajendra Prasad Dassruth is primarily known as Swami Paramananda. His spiritual search started at a very tender age, and after attaining enlightenment in his mid-twenties, he started his life mission to help humanity towards inner transformation, the only way to establish peace, love, unity, and brotherhood in the world. His teachings and guidance aim at the expansion of human consciousness through the science of meditation. In 1992, he founded the Satyam Gyanam Anandam Society. As part of his activities, the Spiritual Master writes extensively and to date has authored 21 books and several articles on all domains of life. He also participates in international conferences, and he is very well known for his scientific and rational approach to spirituality. In the context of his life mission of global mind transformation, Swami Paramananda has visited many countries such as South Africa, India, Thailand, Poland, France, United Kingdom, Canada, and United States to share his experience, teachings, and lofty wisdom, and has established affiliates in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Girish Mautadin

MSc Student, Lifelong Learning Cluster, VCILT, CPDL, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

Girish Mautadin is a graduate in BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Network Security from the University of Technology, Mauritius. In 2008, Girish Mautadin was appointed as a lecturer for year 1 and year 2 university students for IT related modules for NCC UK and as a part-time lecturer for the University of Mauritius. Girish Mautadin is currently doing an MSc by Research in Educational Technology. Since November 2011, Girish Mautadin has been employed as a full-time lecturer in Computer Science at the Centre d’Etudes Superieures(CES) of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry(MCCI). I am deeply interested in Meditation, Spirituality, Information Technology and Learning. Girish Mautadin’s aim in life is spiritual enlightenment. Mautadin’s career goal is to uplift the current education system by bringing innovation and by creating the motivation to learn in students in all aspects. Mautadin’s vision is a better world and a better humanity through the right education.


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