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Table 2 Top five 'very important' influences in student population overall and by sub-group: multiple responses

From: The emerging dental workforce: why dentistry? A quantitative study of final year dental students' views on their professional career

  Very Important Influences
Group 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
All Job security 57% Desire to work with people 50% Degree leading to recognised job 49% Independence 48% Flexible working hours 46%
Sex      
Males Job security 66% Independence 55% Degree leads to recognised job 49% Practical skills 47% Desire to work with people and Desire to work in healthcare 45%
Females Desire to work with people 53% Desire to work in health care 52% Flexible working hours 47% Independence 44% Wish to provide a public service 40%
Ethnicity      
Asian Job security 56% Desire to work in healthcare 53% Desire to work with people 51% Independence 45.5% Flexible working hours 45.5%
White Job security 54% Degree leading to a recognized job 54% Desire to work with people 50% Independence 50% Work experience 50%
Time of entry      
Mature students Regular working hours 61% Independence 54% Range of possible careers 54% Degree leading to recognised job 46% Tried alternative course/career 46% Flexible working hours 46% Job security 46% High income 46% Desire to work in health care 46%
  1. direct entry students similar to overall picture