Factors Affecting Choice and Satisfaction: Social Work in Turkey

KARACA E., KARACA N., Dziegielewski S. F.

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SERVICE RESEARCH, vol.42, no.4, pp.565-571, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01488376.2016.1147520
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.565-571
  • Keywords: Employment, employment expectation, occupational preference, occupational satisfaction, profession, profession choice
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The study examines the relationship between professional choices and employment expectations of social worker trainees in the country of Turkey. Professional choices are examined according to gender and the relationship between employment expectations and satisfaction. This study examined responses with a comparative relational scanning model with a sample of 692 social service (social worker) trainees studying at four different universities in Turkey. Students were surveyed and answered 25 open- and closed-ended questions identifying aspects related to their career choice. Study findings reveal that gender, university entrance scores, and employability were high among the career selection factors. Additional factors identified included family-related factors, personality traits, and compatibility. Examination of the findings is discussed, and recommendations for further research are made.