The Role of Unplanned Encounters and Complexity of Influences in Foreign Graduates' First Full-Time Job Search in Singapore

Authors

  • Tharuka M. Prematillake Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Ivy Lim Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.152

Keywords:

job search, foreign graduates, Chaos Theory of Careers, unplanned encounters, complexity of influences

Abstract

Singapore is host to an increasing number of foreign tertiary students, who also intend to work there upon graduating to serve a bond and/or for better career prospects. According to Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC), an individual’s career decision making and choices are not systematic, but are subject to change. Using twenty-six interviews with foreign graduates, this paper aimed to understand the role of unplanned events and complexity of influences accounted for in CTC in their first full-time job search in Singapore – an area that has hitherto lacked research attention. Findings indicated their job search decision-making and choices are not methodical, but are subject to change depending on how they perceive and respond to unplanned encounters and influences.

Author Biographies

Tharuka M. Prematillake, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

THARUKA PREMATILLAKE, MA, is a Research Associate at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests include education (e.g. game-based and inquiry-based learning, Water Quality GI, humanities education), international students’ settlement experiences, foreign graduates transition to work-role experiences, and migration trends and patterns. 

Ivy Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

IVY LIM, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently the Assistant Head (Administration & Programmes) and the coordinator of the MA in Humanities Education program. She teaches courses in Singapore history, women’s history, and Chinese maritime history and has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Commendation twice. Her research interests include Chinese lineage organizations and social history of the Ming dynasty.

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Published

2018-01-01

How to Cite

Prematillake, T. M., & Lim, I. (2018). The Role of Unplanned Encounters and Complexity of Influences in Foreign Graduates’ First Full-Time Job Search in Singapore. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 66–86. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.152

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