Making a career choice is a defining phase in every student’s life. Students have to consider several factors before arriving at a decision. The purpose of this research was to see the factors which affect the choice of career among students. This study investigated the influence of several factors such as parental education, profession and income on the career decisions of 432 students from two public sector universities in Lahore city. The influence of peers on the respondents’ choice of subject specialization was also investigated along with any impressions taken from the media. It also examined whether students at the MS level opt for their chosen fields forcefully, make compromises, or make decisions which are independent and without external pressures. Data was collected through a questionnaire and in-depth interviews. The results show the parents influence as most significant, followed by influence from peers, gender, print media, financial reasons, interest and others.
Career choice, career influences, student autonomy, Higher education, Universities