Career intentions, their influences and motivational factors in diagnostic radiography: A survey of undergraduate students
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AbstractIntroduction: The choice of career and speciality can be a complex process. It is unclear what influences career decisions within undergraduate radiographers and whether the curriculum provides sufficient support. Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was undertaken. All undergraduate diagnostic radiography students within one UK higher education institution were invited to participate. Questions were related to anticipated career choice, motivational factors and influences. Results: The response rate was 67.6% (90/133). The most popular specialist area for career preference was general radiography. The top three motivational factors were work life balance, career development and job satisfaction. The most influential factors on career choice were clinical placements, radiographers on placements and formal teaching. Career guidance was predominantly sourced from the personal academic tutor and was informed by role models. Conclusion: Radiography academic teams and clinical placement providers must work together to ensure that students have access to high quality placements across specialities. The experiences received during undergraduate training are important in specialty choice. Implications for practice: Career guidance is essential and should begin as early as possible. Clinical and academic radiographers need to appreciate the influence they have on students future career plans.
CitationHizzett K and Snaith B (2022) Career intentions, their influences and motivational factors in diagnostic radiography: A survey of undergraduate students. Radiography. 28(1): 162-167.
Link to publisher’s versionhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2021.09.013
NotesThe full text will be available at the end of the publisher's embargo: 9th October 2022
The form of the authors names on the accepted manuscript are: Hackett, Kayleigh and Snaith, Beverly.