Formation of career aspirations of Colombian high school graduates

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The formation of aspirations in young people has been extensively studied in developed countries, finding a relationship and incidence with socioeconomic and cultural factors; with the family and the community; with the school career; and with the available sources of information. However, very little is known about the formation of aspirations in developing countries, where the factors associated with it have a different behavior. In particular, the formation of aspirations in young people in Colombia remains an unexplored field. Despite the importance of this topic for socio-occupational orientation, there are no studies that allow us to understand how the formation of career aspirations operates in young Colombians. This lack of knowledge limits the formulation of policies and programs based on evidence, leaving socio-occupational orientation at the mercy of partial visions or particular experiences of the actors involved in the decision-making processes.

Given these important gaps, this project seeks to explore how different socio-economic factors and school experiences influence the formation of career aspirations in young Colombians, in order to identify how the formation of these aspirations operates. The findings of this study are intended, on the one hand, to contribute to improve ongoing socio-occupational orientation initiatives and to inform future national and territorial decisions on this matter; and, on the other hand, to consolidate the role of Universidad del Rosario as a key entity in the development of knowledge and innovations on socio-occupational orientation.


An article in an international scientific journal presenting the findings of objectives 1 and 2.
An article in a national scientific journal presenting the findings of objective 3.
A booklet for dissemination among national and territorial decision makers that synthesizes the results of the project and provides recommendations to improve socio-occupational orientation processes.
Effective start/end date3/3/207/21/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Seed Capital


  • Bogotá D.C.


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