ASPECTS OF PROFESSIONAL MOTIVATION IN THE FIRST YEAR OF HIGHER EDUCATION PUBLISHEDI.C. SAVESCU, V. BOACĂ firstname.lastname@example.org
The research study aims to investigate the categories of basic needs underlying the professional motivation of the students enrolled in the first year of study. The study was conducted on a batch of 75 first year students from an agronomic faculty. From the methodological point of view, the questionnaire survey was used, using a 35-question questionnaire as a tool. The results have been grouped into five categories of fundamental needs: physiological, security, affiliation and group needs, devotion and status needs, and self-reliance needs. The conclusions have revealed that in choosing the profession the students are oriented mainly according to the need for self-reliance, but also according to the need for respect and status. The study provides openings for further research into career counseling and motivation in professional work.
Key words: professional motivation, higher education, fundamental needs