Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research

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Career Choice amongst Generation Y towards Self-Employment in the Oil Palm Plantation
Career Choice amongst Generation Y towards Self-Employment in the Oil Palm Plantation
Zaki Aman, 1 Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim, 2and Ahmad Kushairi Din3
Author Affiliations
  • 1 Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • 2 Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • 3 Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Bangi, Malaysia

  • Abstract

    Generation Y has the role of the successor to the continuity of development and is a vital source of labour in the future especially in agriculture. This study investigates the perception of 175 final year students of an agricultural institute toward self-employment in the oil palm plantation as their future career. Using questionnaire as an instrument for data collection, reliability analyses revealed that all studied variables, namely, perceived occupational status and perceived occupational package, demonstrated a Cronbach’s Alpha values higher than 0.7. The findings of the study demonstrated that students had positive perceptions towards employment in the oil palm plantation, and the same (employment) was not influenced by gender. Factors such as children education welfare, convenient scope of work, and medical facilities were topmost priorities for choosing a career in the oil palm plantation. Contrary to one of the missions of the agricultural institute, only 7.4% students chose to be self-employed and 6.8% decided that they were not keen to be employed in the oil palm industry. The findings of this study provided vital information to the agricultural institute to revise its curriculum. On a similar note, the findings of the study suggested that industry players design more acceptable and dynamic-related jobs in the oil palm plantation, as indicated by the respondents. The limitation of the study and the suggestion for future research were also highlighted.

    Keywords
    Generation Y; gender; Self-employment; Oil palm plantation.

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    Aman, Zaki, Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim and Ahmad Kushairi Din. "Career Choice amongst Generation Y towards Self-Employment in the Oil Palm Plantation." Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research 5.1 (2016): 01-11.
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    Aman, Z., Rahim, A. R., & Din, A. K. (2016). Career Choice amongst Generation Y towards Self-Employment in the Oil Palm Plantation. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research, 5(1), 01-11.
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    Aman, Zaki, Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim, and Ahmad Kushairi Din. 2016. "Career Choice amongst Generation Y towards Self-Employment in the Oil Palm Plantation." Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research 5 (1): 01-11.
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