Bioscientists in Greece: To Be Or Not To Be A Teacher?

Katerina Kedraka, Katerina Linara, Eleni Anna Mandala

Abstract


Career development is a significant part of a person’s life. For Bioscientists inGreecefinding a job is not easy, especially recently, due to a severe economic crisis the country goes through, which has negatively affected the labor market. Although their academic curricula during their graduate studies strongly urge them towards research, most of them make a living as teachers in high schools. This study is a quality research on Bioscientists’s career in Education inGreece. Data was collected through interviews and the sample includes 16 Greek Bioscientists –seven working in Education and nine in other areas. For the results, Content Analysis was used and it revealed that for those working in a high school, although it wasn’t always their first choice, it turned out to be a good job alternative. For those who didn’t choose Secondary Education to work in, Academia is considered as an excellent career option but the limitation of available positions makes them turn to other employment alternatives, like pharmaceutical companies or marketing. To conclude, Bioscientists’ career inGreeceseems to be a dynamic process, formed according to personal interests, values and one’s personality as well as to external, mainly economic, factors, leading them to realistic, personal pursuits.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijhrs.v6i3.9915

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