Hong Kong women’s future perceptions: integrating the role of gender and culture

Tae Sun Kim*, Ashley Hutchison, Lawrence H. Gerstein, Hsin Ya Liao, Raysen Cheung, Rachel Gali Cinamon, Rinat Michael, Yamini Bellare, Emily Elder, Rachael Collins

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Guided by Social Cognitive Career Theory, this study investigated the future perceptions of Hong Kong female university students. Fifty-eight students completed a semi-structured questionnaire to better understand their beliefs, hopes, and visions about their future. The thematic analysis performed yielded 10 major future life themes in the participants’ responses: (a) work, (b) family, (c) roles and responsibilities, (d) romantic relationships, (e) values, (f) living situation, (g) quality of life, (h) status of education, (i) personal interests and hobbies, (j) finance, and (k) friendship. Findings from this study provide novel information on Hong Kong women’s future perceptions that may help career counsellors when constructing client goals and tasks aimed at exploring and fulfilling their future perceptions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-182
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2020


  • Chinese
  • Future perceptions
  • Hong Kong women
  • career development
  • university students


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