A Research Companion
Edited by Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Ayala Malach-Pines
Chapter 21: A Comparative Study on Career Choice Influences of Turkish Cypriot Restauranteurs in North Cyprus and the UK
21. A comparative study on career choice inﬂuences of Turkish Cypriot restaurateurs in North Cyprus and the UK ˙ Gözde Inal and Mine Karatas-Özkan ¸ INTRODUCTION The aim of this study is to generate comparative insights into the inﬂuences on career choices of Turkish Cypriot restaurateurs in North Cyprus and the UK. The overall research question is as follows: ‘How does migration, as a social movement that is situated in context, aﬀect the career choice of Turkish Cypriot restaurateurs at the micro-level?’ The study builds on the work carried out by Özbilgin et al. (2005). Drawing on a layered and multifaceted approach in analysing social phenomena (Layder, 1993), the authors have developed a comprehensive framework that illuminates micro-, meso- and macro-level inﬂuences on career choices of MBA students. This research applies it in the context of the career choices of Turkish Cypriot restaurant owners. Their initial decision to start an entrepreneurial career and career choice in the restaurant sector is investigated. The results of the study have revealed a number of signiﬁcant inﬂuences on such choices: family background in the restaurant businesses (early childhood experiences, role models, also Turkish Cypriots who were involved in the catering sector), schooling in catering management, superior ﬁnancial rewards, good earnings to be made (ﬁnancial reasons), the desire to practise own skills and competencies (self-interest, self-motivation), lack of alternative career opportunities (especially in the UK) and the need for control and autonomy are the key inﬂuences. This...
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