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Table 2 Study motivation, intentions and employment expectation after graduation

From: Nepalese dental hygiene and dental students’ career choice motivation and plans after graduation: a descriptive cross-sectional comparison

 N = 171a DH/CDS students DEN students Total students P
  Study motivation:     <.001c
  Want to work in healthcare 34 (20 %) 34 (20 %) 68 (39.8 %)  
  Best way of serving community 28 (16.5 %) 24 (14.1 %) 53 (31 %)  
  Reward 10 (5.9 %) 17 (10 %) 27 (15.8 %)  
  Increase chances of going abroad 17 (10 %) 9 (5.3 %) 26 (15.2 %)  
  Job security 10 (5.9 %) 11 (6.5 %) 21 (12.3 %)  
  Flexible working hours 3 (1.7 %) 17 (10 %) 20 (11.7 %)  
  Status/prestige 9 (5.3 %) 9 (5.3 %) 18 (10.5 %)  
  Further study 12 (7 %) 6 (3.5 %) 18 (10.5 %)  
  Peer/family pressure 1 (0.6 %) 4 (2.4 %) 5 (2.9 %)  
  Don’t know 1 (0.6 %) 2 (1.2 %) 3 (1.8 %)  
  Plan to live after completion course:     .327b
  Abroad 33 (38.8 %) 29 (34.1 %) 62 (36.3 %)  
  Kathmandu Valley 18 (20 %) 14 (16.5 %) 32 (18.7 %)  
  Undecided 14 (16.5 %) 15 (17.6 %) 29 (17 %)  
  Home town, urban 7 (8.2 %) 16 (18.8 %) 23 (13.5 %)  
  Home town, rural 10 (11.8 %) 7 (8.2 %) 17 (9.9 %)  
  Not answered 4 (4.7 %) 3 (4.7 %) 8 (4.7 %)  
  Plan after completion course:     .007b
  Further study 26 (30.6 %) 43 (50.6 %) 69 (40.4 %)  
  Seeking job 16 (18.8 %) 18 (21.2 %) 35 (20.5 %)  
  Going abroad 25 (29.4 %) 9 (10.6 %) 34 (19.9 %)  
  Undecided or other 18 (21.2 %) 13 (15.3 %) 31 (18.1 %)  
  Not answered 0 2 (2.4 %) 2 (1.2 %)  
  Intention to work after graduation:     .011c
  Both own practice and existing dental hospital 31 (36.5 %) 43 (50.6 %) 75 (43.9 %)  
  Existing dental hospital 16 (18.8 %) 22 (25.9 %) 38 (22.2 %)  
  Abroad 22 (25.9 %) 8 (9.4 %) 30 (17.5 %)  
  Undecided or other 7 (4.4 %) 6 (7.1 %) 17 (9.9 %)  
  Not answered 1 (1.2 %) 3 (3.5 %) 8 (4.7 %)  
  Own practice 3 (3.5 %) 0 (0 %) 3 (1.8 %)  
  Worried about finding a job:     .430b
  Yes 49 (57.7 %) 50 (58.8 %) 99 (57.9 %)  
  No 17 (20 %) 23 (27.1 %) 41 (24 %)  
  Don’t know Or not answered 19 (22.3 %) 12 (14.1 %) 27 (15.8 %)  
  1. Percentages may not total 100 % because of rounding or multiple answers
  2. aValid cases range from 163 to 171 (due to missing cases i.e. unanswered constructs)
  3. bChi-Square
  4. cFisher’s exact test