Choices Student-Athlete Made in Education & Future Career Aspiration: A Qualitative Study in Indonesia


Indonesia has a special national education policy concerning students with notable talents in which they are entitled to special coaching to develop their abilities. However, the implementation of this special program for sport-talented students is limited to cover up to high school age with little attention being put on the older students in higher education. This study focuses on Indonesian talented university student-athletes to explore what was facilitating or hindering factors in making education and future career decisions. Interviews with 6 participants, an international award-winning martial arts aged 20-24 years old, provided in-depth descriptions of participants' personal experiences. They clearly stated what and how they wanted to achieve in sports settings and their general education and career attainment. When making career choices, talented student-athletes valued intrinsic motivation, the opportunity for self-development and expanding social networks, and also the support received from their close relatives of which all these factors become the reason why they are excellent in sports. However, this study portrays the challenges faced by these students as the field of sports itself is often discounted not as the primary option for their future careers. The lack of suitable education to pursue sport as a professional field of career, lack of opportunity for the field itself for a life-long career path, and the presence of other available options of career choice were often mentioned as the hindering factors. Some implications are also given.

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Brendha Christie Tanujaya, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
Shahnaz Safitri, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education

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Tanujaya B., & Safitri S. (2023) Choices Student-Athlete Made in Education & Future Career Aspiration: A Qualitative Study in Indonesia ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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