SSCE EXAM AS DETERMNINANT OF STUDENTS CAREER CHOICE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL
BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Parents are expected to have a significant influence on the career choices of their children. Many parents realize this, but only act when children are about to make their professional decision, usually in upper secondary school, as most other children are left alone without proper guidance. It is common to hear a child say “I want to be a doctor” or “I want to study architecture when I grow up”, some children also handle materials such as empty cardboard, cans or paper to build houses. toys, cars, planes, etc. Some have sports skills. Parents have a duty to support, guide, motivate and challenge their children to achieve their goal, which could help them in their career choices. Young (2008) and Dauda (2011) found that parents’ failure or success in encouraging their children’s career choices is influenced by several factors, including: WAEC ratings. The process of career choice is essentially that of developing and implementing the notion of professional self. Children are full of emotional needs, which requires a lot of love from parents. Experiencing the love and attention of parents gives children special security and immunity that drives them to creativity and career exploration, thus enabling them to brag about their career choices. Career choice provides a person, often a student, with an approach to choosing a career or subject to be undertaken in the future, which facilitates career choice. Career choice is the choice or choice of a career in which a person has the potential to enter (Kolo 1999). In addition, he postulated three conditions necessary for an election to take place; the offer of choice, which consists of having two or more careers to choose from; second, the incentive to choose, which indicates that the individual must be motivated to choose; and third, the freedom to choose Without being limited. All individuals need to think carefully about their skills, interests and abilities in their career choices. Those who have failed are involved in occupations for which they are poorly equipped. Unfortunately, some parents put pressure on children to choose a career they love (parents), regardless of their abilities and interests. Parents play a crucial role in the early development process of the child. Through their efforts, the child can be helped to develop the appropriate behaviors, attitudes, values and skills that could be of great help in choosing a career. It is important for parents to know that by supporting and affirming a child’s ability to succeed, they may have more influence than a teen’s peer group in career choice. Many people find themselves in the wrong career choice. A happy life often depends on choosing an appropriate career. If people can enroll in the type of work that suits them, it becomes possible for them to work happily at full capacity. In the same vein, Dauda (2011) stated that his success or failure in the professional election had profound repercussions not only on the lives of individuals, but also on the society he was to serve. Parents play an important role in children’s career choices. It is important to take into account the unconscious intention of parents in terms of gender influence on their career choice. At the same time, Dauda (2011) found that parents reported differences in how they helped their sons and daughters choose their careers. Parents show more interest; Provide more encouragement and challenges to their children compared to their daughters. The present study found that in some areas of Kaduna State, such as Zaria and Giwa, some courses or careers are related to the male child; for example, engineering, architecture and military works. Therefore, parents or society do not allow or discourage girls from choosing these careers because they are reserved for men. Parents influence the careers of their children by reinforcing or discouraging certain behaviors that may encourage or discourage certain interests, talents or abilities. This study placed greater emphasis on the influence of WAEC grades in the career choice of students in high schools in Kaduna State.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM In Nigeria today, many parents have generated many problems such as: low school performance, indecision, confusion and over-dependence on parents in their career choices. This is because most parents do not mind watching, encouraging and supporting the abilities, talents, initiatives and abilities of their children. rather, they dictate the career that their children should choose for a variety of reasons, including: Ignorance, good pay, good service, and respect by members of society for professionals. The study examined daily interactions with students, co-workers and parents.
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