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Table 1 Rotated Component Matrix showing the loadings of each item on to the four aspects of a specialty that influenced choice

From: The specialty choices of graduates from Brighton and Sussex Medical School: a longitudinal cohort study

Item name Lifestyle Money and status Needed a job Using intellect to help others
Suits my personality 0.525    0.439
Suits my skills & aptitude 0.287    0.495
Intellectually stimulating −0.321 0.320   0.667
Change people’s lives     0.613
Opportunity for research     0.659
Right patient contact    0.204 0.644
New technologies −0.274 0.558   0.321
Training opportunities   0.319 0.290 0.503
Easy to get job 0.419   0.684  
Needed job this year    0.801  
Good promotion   0.409 0.521  
Job security 0.477 0.574 0.281  
Can change specialty later   0.457 0.294  
Well paid 0.504 0.692   
Well regarded   0.780   0.262
Private practice   0.701   
Geographic location 0.539 0.379 0.276  
On call & shifts 0.822    
Family friendly 0.878    
Outside interests 0.862    
Job control 0.853    
Less discrimination   0.366 0.213 0.305
Best of bad bunch    0.880  
  1. Higher numbers indicate a closer association between the item score and the factor score e.g. between “private practice” and “Money & Status” (items with loadings >0.6 are in bold). Negative signs indicate a high score on the item is associated with a low score on the factor.