Subjectivity on career barrier of female college students majoring sport studies

Wangsung Myung, Eunah Hong

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[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to conduct a typological classification of female college students in sport studies regarding perceived career barriers. [Methods] Q-methodology was used to identify female college students’ viewpoints on carrier barriers. The Q sample was distilled from 76 statements (64 from literature reviews and 12 in-depth interviews) to 25 statement after conducting literature review, in-depth interviews and surveys with open-ended questions. The P sample for this study was 30 students around Seoul and PQmethod software was used for data analysis. [Results] Three distinct views were extracted: First type of ‘career opaque’, revealed that students have failed to find their own aptitude and interest. Second type of ‘sexual discrimination-male centered’, implied students’ concerns about discriminating factors in relation to marriage and pregnancy for the job they desire. Third type of ‘Insufficient experience and qualification’, indicates students perceive their lack of experience or qualification required for their career. [Conclusions] The identification of these three viewpoints could provide insights that can be used to design more segmented and detailed career policies for female college students in sport studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-215
Number of pages14
JournalKorean Journal of Sport Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020

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  • Career barrier
  • Female college students
  • Q methodology
  • Sport studies
  • Subjectivity


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