Factors Influencing Career Choice Among Secondary School Students: Implications for Career Guidance

By Bridget Oghenekome Ogowewo.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The study was carried out to determine the factors influencing career choice among secondary school students. It was a survey of 100 secondary school students randomly selected from four secondary schools in Region 4 in Guyana, South America. Questionnaire was used to collect data. Percentage and mean were the statistical tools used to analyze the data for the study. The result of the study showed that the choice of career was gender biased and the factors that influenced the students' choice of career were: interest, life ambition, challenging nature of the career, prestige attached to profession, intellectual ability, high salary potential and prospects of job opportunity.The result drew implications on the need for every secondary school in Guyana to have qualified school counselors to employ their expertise to determine the aptitude and interest of students in their career choice. This therefore emphasized the need for the University of Guyana to include Guidance and Counseling in its Teacher Education Programme in order to produce qualified school counselors.

Keywords: Career Choice, Career Guidance, School Counselors, Guidance and Counseling

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.451-460. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.604KB).

Dr. Bridget Oghenekome Ogowewo

Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education and Haumanities, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana

I am lecturing in the school of Education and Humanities, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Guyana, South America. I am currently the Head of the department. I am engaged in both academic and administrative duties. I am responsible for the staff and students of the department. I am always working towards developing team spirit among them. This has been quite friutful. I enjoy working with them. As a lecturer, I am involved in teaching, supervision and research.I teach at the under graduate and post graduate levels. With regards to supervision, I supervise students’ research and student teachers who go on Teaching Practice.Research is very important to academics as such, I am always engaged in carring out research studies every academic session. Though challenging, it is an academic exercise, I enjoy doing. As regards my background, I have a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education), MEd. Guidance and Counselling and BSc. Vocational Home Economics Education. My interest is Curriculum Planning and Development.

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