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Article: Career Preferences of Social Work Students in Beijing and Shanghai

TitleCareer Preferences of Social Work Students in Beijing and Shanghai
Authors
KeywordsCareer Preferences
China
Social Work Education
Social Work Students
Issue Date2012
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02615479.asp
Citation
Social Work Education, 2012, v. 31 n. 1, p. 4-21 How to Cite?
AbstractProfessional social work is a recent development in China. This article reports the results of a survey of social work students (n = 1331) in Beijing and Shanghai concerning their career preferences, the work they intend to be doing in five years time and their views about the training that they were receiving. The sample included students from sub-degree, Bachelor and Master's degree levels in all years. Results indicated that social work is strongly linked with individual counselling and psychotherapy which is preferred over work with families and groups. Community work and resource mobilization were relatively less popular despite being the most appropriate modality for the social problems that Beijing and Shanghai face. Students show a marked preference for working in government or other large organizations. After graduation, those in degree programmes hoped to move into administration and management. Fewer students were interested in grassroots work. Many of those studying at Master's level intended to become university based social work teachers. Limitations of the research included the cross-sectional nature of the design, lack of information about the levels of motivation of social work students, and limitations to the generalizability of the findings as Shanghai and Beijing are not necessarily representative of China. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136709
ISSN
2014 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.523
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dc.contributor.authorSha, Wen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, YCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLou, VWQen_HK
dc.contributor.authorPearson, Ven_HK
dc.contributor.authorGu, DHen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:33:29Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:33:29Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Work Education, 2012, v. 31 n. 1, p. 4-21en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0261-5479en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136709-
dc.description.abstractProfessional social work is a recent development in China. This article reports the results of a survey of social work students (n = 1331) in Beijing and Shanghai concerning their career preferences, the work they intend to be doing in five years time and their views about the training that they were receiving. The sample included students from sub-degree, Bachelor and Master's degree levels in all years. Results indicated that social work is strongly linked with individual counselling and psychotherapy which is preferred over work with families and groups. Community work and resource mobilization were relatively less popular despite being the most appropriate modality for the social problems that Beijing and Shanghai face. Students show a marked preference for working in government or other large organizations. After graduation, those in degree programmes hoped to move into administration and management. Fewer students were interested in grassroots work. Many of those studying at Master's level intended to become university based social work teachers. Limitations of the research included the cross-sectional nature of the design, lack of information about the levels of motivation of social work students, and limitations to the generalizability of the findings as Shanghai and Beijing are not necessarily representative of China. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02615479.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Work Educationen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectCareer Preferencesen_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectSocial Work Educationen_HK
dc.subjectSocial Work Studentsen_HK
dc.titleCareer Preferences of Social Work Students in Beijing and Shanghaien_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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