DETERMINANTS OF CAREER CHOICES AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN AWKA SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ANAMBRA STATE
This study focused onfactors influencing career choices among secondary school students in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Five research questions were answered and a null hypothesis was tested. The population of the study consisted 1258 senior secondary school students in Awka-South Local Government Area. A sample size of 300 students was selected using Yaro Yamane's statistical formula. Structured questionnaire of 26 items were used as instrument for collection of data. It was validated by
experts and Cronbach Alpha Reliability Coefficient was used to establish the reliability of the instrument which yielded reliability coefficient of values of 0.86, 0.74, 0.83, 0.81, and 0.75, respectively. Mean with standard deviation was used to answerthe research questions with decision based on upper and lower limits of the mean. The t-test was used to test the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that parents, peer group, personal interest, gender and outcome expectations were the major factors that influence students' career choices. Based on the findings and conclusions, some recommendations were made.