Table 3

Factors influencing respondents’ thinking about their long-term career: percentage saying ‘a great deal’ or ‘a lot’, by whether respondents want a CAC versus having other plans or being undecided and for all respondents

Respondents wanting a CAC*, %
(N=159)
Respondents not wanting a CAC*, %
(N=160)
Total, %
(N=320)
Enthusiasm/commitment
(A great deal)†
98
(67)
90
(52)
94
(60)
Wanting intellectual stimulation
(A great deal)†
99
(63)
79
(38)
89
(50)
Wanting to make a difference to patients
(A great deal)†
88
(51)
79
(41)
84
(46)
Self-appraisal of own skills/aptitudes675360
Wanting a career that fits my domestic circumstances565455
Wanting a career with acceptable working hours/conditions505954
Exposure to role models544449
Career promotion and prospects543846
Future financial prospects393838
Advice from others251922
Lack of posts in other possible career paths5149
  • *Base: all participants (N=319) who responded to the question about their career plans.

  • †Some variables were considerably skewed. Where the mode for the whole group of respondents (total) was ‘a great deal’, figures for the modal response-only are provided in brackets.

  • CAC, clinical academic career.