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Students Are Discouraged by IT Peers to Pursue IT Careers

By Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

July 26, 2023

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Having peers who have worked in IT reduces the likelihood of students receiving and accepting an offer in the IT industry, according to a study of student networks at a leading business school in India.

"Our findings are consistent with the notion that IT peers provide (largely discouraging) information about the IT industry to non-IT peers," write Nishtha Langer and Tarun Jain in a study published in Information Systems Research.

"We usually expect that peers with experience in a certain industry would encourage business school students to enter that industry, but, instead, our research points to the opposite effect," says Langer, associate professor of business analytics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Students most likely to receive positive messaging and pursue careers in IT happen to be women without IT experience, according to Langer and Jain, an associate professor of economics at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

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