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Qualitative Study on Perceptions of Female Graduates towards the Sector of Employment

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O. K. De Silva Ariyabandhu

University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Female graduates’ perception on private sector employment in Sri Lanka is vital to understand what they may seek in pursuing a career in the private sector upon graduation. The mismatch between having more women in higher education compared to men versus higher unemployment of females compared to males, raises the question: how do females perceive being employed in the private sector? This interpretive study thus aims to identify the determinants of the female graduates’ perception on sector of employment upon graduation. Five thematic areas were identified through the literature review to analyze the perceptions such as: salary expectation, career growth, work environment, reputation of the organization and family’s perception of the organization.  Qualitative evidence gathered from the 15 semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted among female Management Faculty graduates from three state universities in Colombo, Sri Lanka suggests that potential for career growth, work environment and reputation of the company were important determinants in choosing a career in the private sector. Salary expectations and family’s perception of the organization were not strong determinants according to the study despite literature stating otherwise. This study also reveals that lecturers’ perceptions about the private sector vs. public sector employment, asymmetry of knowledge about private vs. public sectors, political influence in gaining a job in the public sector and peers’ perception about the sector of employment are factors that shape the career perception about the sector of employment for female graduates.
How to Cite: De Silva Ariyabandhu, O. K. (2022). Qualitative Study on Perceptions of Female Graduates towards the Sector of Employment. Colombo Journal of Multi-disciplinary Research, 6(2), 75–100. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjmr.v6i2.66
Published on 28 Mar 2022.
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