The compatibility between the professional interests of the students and their choice of career constitutes an explanatory factor of growing interest for the understanding of the problem of abandonment in higher education. Within the framework of the efforts of the Salesian Polytechnic University (UPS-Ecuador) directed towards the development of strategies to increase student permanence, this work intends to investigate the effect on early desertion of the affinity between professional interests and the career chosen by students. The measurement of professional interests was carried out through an instrument developed by UPS, the Professional Interests Questionnaire (CIPRO-UPS) based on John Krumboltz's theoretical approach to social learning for decision making. The data used correspond to the students who participated in the UPS leveling and admissions program to enter degree level careers offered for the 2017 - 2018 academic period at the Quito Headquarters. As part of this program, the university applicants completed CIPRO-UPS. Early dropout was determined from students who, having enrolled in the first level during the period 2017 - 2018, did not remain in the selected career until the period 2018 - 2018. In order to evaluate the relationship between early desertion and the professional-vocational affinity of the chosen career, a logistic regression model was formulated including a series of control variables conceptually associated with university abandonment: age, gender, place of origin (province or not), family income, type of school (public, co-financed or private) and type of baccalaureate obtained by the students. In addition, a disaggregated analysis was carried out for the exact sciences and those belonging to the humanities and social sciences, with the aim of detecting differentiated effects of compatibility between the chosen career and professional interests on early desertion. The findings of this study allow to improve the understanding of the way in which the selection of a career not related to the professional preferences of the student affects his probabilities of permanence in the process of university formation in the short term. Likewise, the effect that other factors exert on this problematic is explored.
|Translated title of the contribution||Affinity Between Professional Interests And Career Choice: An Analysis Of Your Relationship With Early College Desertion|
|Original language||Spanish (Ecuador)|
|Title of host publication||Afinidad Entre Intereses Profesionales Y Carrera Elegida: Un Análisis De Su Relación Con La Deserción Universitaria Temprana|
|Publisher||Congreso CLABES VIII|
|State||Published - 30 Nov 2018|