AN INVESTIGATION INTO IN-SCHOOL FACTORS INFLUENCING CAREER CHOICE AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ( EDUCATION PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)
- BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Career is the series of jobs that a person has in a particular area of work; usually involving more responsibility as time passes.
Choice According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary, is the act of choosing between two or more possibilities; something that you can choose or the right to choose or the possibility of choosing.
The main reasons why peoples have to choose career especially young persons, are propelled by intrinsic and extrinsic factors to the individual undertaking the decision.
Bandura et al (2001) opined that the factors influencing the process of career development include their personal aptitudes and educational attainment. In the developed countries and other parts of the world, the philosophy of education is based among others, on the development of the individual into a sound and effective, citizen fully integrated into community (NPE, 2004). There are different nations that have pursued and have adopted new changes in their education sector so as to satisfy their societal needs, most especially they need to prepare individuals for works and make them economically and self-dependent. Education is seen as a ‘meal ticket’ and ‘lunch pad’ into the works. The important function of education is too prepare youth for their future career. Most often adolescents and youths finds it difficult to choose a career that will satisfy their personal, economic and intellectual goals, because they do not have the knowledge to explore different career choice options and possibilities don’t have the knowledge of pre-requisites of such careers. (WATTLES, 2009). One has not only to make due career research before making a career choice so as to adjust with the evolving socio-economic condition.