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Summary Report - 2011 Career Transitions Survey

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Title: Summary Report - 2011 Career Transitions Survey
Author: Davidson, V.J.; Croft, E.; Vassileva, J.; Ghazzali, N.
Abstract: In 2010, the regional NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering conducted a pilot survey of final-year undergraduates in computer science and engineering programs. The objective of the survey was to learn more about students’ experiences as undergraduates as well as their career intentions and perceptions of the workplace. Approximately 600 respondents, mainly from Ontario and British Columbia, participated in the 2010 survey. While survey results reveal some gender differentiation in terms of educational experiences, similarly high proportions of male and female students intended to either pursue employment (69%) or graduate programs in their field of study (20%). However, a significant proportion of female students (63%) expected to face gender-based discrimination in the workplace, while only 5% of male respondents indicated similar concerns. Based on the findings of the 2010 pilot, some survey questions were modified but many were included in the same format as part of a survey conducted between April and July 2011. The 2011 survey was available in both French and English and there were 1252 respondents from across Canada. Preliminary analysis of the 2011 responses has substantiated some of the key findings of the 2010 pilot. While further analysis is being conducted, this report has been prepared to provide a summary of students’ feedback about their academic experiences, career intentions and some of their perceptions of the workplace.
Date: 2012
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