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A Study on Taiwanese University Student’S Personality Traits and Motivations of Overseas Internship

Jin-Jun Fan and Hsiang-Yung Feng
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Jin-Jun Fan: National Pingtung Institute of Commerce, Taiwan, ROC
Hsiang-Yung Feng: National United University, Taiwan, ROC

from International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia

Abstract: Overseas workers is a new and very popular activities in a short time to experience the activities of foreign lifestyle, the people involved can work salary to pay part of the cost of living, and the use of non-work time (leisure time) to make their own arrangements tourism activities, experience, and integrated into local life. Overseas internships for students can be rewarding experiences that dramatically change the perspectives of globalization and visions. Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) provided university students with overseas internships from 2008. This study used questionnaire, and 131 students who had participated overseas internship were collected in October, 2011. There were 29.0 % male and 71.0 % female. The countries of overseas internship where 78.6 % of the students went to were Australia and the United States because English is spoken there and most students in Taiwan learn English as a foreign language. The results showed that students with the trait of motivation looking for excitement also possess the personality traits of agreeableness, openness to experience. While the students with the trait of self-satisfaction own the personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, and openness to experience.

Keywords: overseas internship; personality traits; motivations; confirmatory factor analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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