Becoming a VET Teacher as a Second Career: Investigating the Determinants of Career Choice and their Relation to Perceptions about Prior Occupation

May. 01, 2012

Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 40, Issue 3, 2012, pages 317-341.

The authors examine the factors influencing the choice of a second career as a vocational education and training (VET) teacher in Switzerland.

The participants were 483 German- and French-speaking VET teachers.
The participants reported their motivation to become teachers, and their perceptions of teaching, using the FIT-Choice scale.
In addition, perceptions of the participants' former occupation were examined in relation to the reasons for choosing teaching as a second career.

The results provide an examination of validity of the FIT-Choice scale in a new context, a picture of the determinants of VET teachers' career choice, and an analysis of the relations between perceptions of prior occupations and these determinants, controlling for individual characteristics.

Updated: Jun. 05, 2013