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Ex aequo

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COELHO, Sofia  and  CASACA, Sara Falcão. Undergraduate students' in face of their future professional career and family life. Ex aequo [online]. 2017, n.36, pp.59-75. ISSN 0874-5560.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22355/exaequo.2017.36.04.

The data collected through a questionnaire survey applied to undergraduate students illustrate that male students have better perspectives of integration in the labour market and concerning their professional careers than female students. In a context of labour market crisis, the survey results show that young women are more likely than their male counterparts to limit their family projects due to their poor labour perspectives. Young women are also the ones displaying more egalitarian values and attitudes, and the ones that are more progressive in relation to gender roles in both professional and family lives. Furthermore, the results confirm that students tend to value work organization practices and human resources management policies that are family friendly. Nonetheless, the study shows that young women give more relevance to such policies and practices than their male counterparts.

Keywords : Undergraduate students; career aspirations; work-family balance; gender roles.

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