Will they enjoy equal opportunities? University students’ perceptions of employment opportunities in the globalized world
Keywords:Education, intercultural business communication, students’ perceptions, equality of employment opportunities, global workplace
The aim of this article is to explore international university students’ perceptions on future global employment opportunities and expectations with regard to workplace diversity. The study employs a qualitative approach, and the data collected include nine study groups with thirty-eight voluntary students from twenty-one different countries studying in a private international university in North Cyprus. The thematic analyses of the data revealed that students anticipate some degrees of inequality and discrimination when seeking employment, i.e., they believe networking is more important than qualifications. Moreover, the participants maintain that overseas job experiences will provide them with better employment opportunities in their respective countries. The main implication of this study for educators is that they should evaluate their current business degree curricula allowing for more interactive communication assignments to build confidence in students’ ability to compete in the global workplace. The revised curricula should also aim at intercultural consciousness raising and including topics of equality and identity using English as a lingua franca with the objective of creating high levels of problem solving and critical thinking in students.
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