Career Choice of Students at Preparatory Schools in Wolayta Zone

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Addis Ababa University


The mam purpose of this study was to assess adolescents' career choice status and factors related to career choice at preparatory school students in Wolayta Zone. To this end, the study examined career pattern development and choice of 341 students (195 males and 146 f emales) in grades eleven and twelve. The sampling technique adopted was simple random sampling. Hence, among five preparatory schools in Wolayta Zone, three were selected by employing lottery method. The instruments employed in the study were self report questionnaire and semi s tructured interview. Methods of data analysis employed in the study were descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations, multilevel analysis of variance and multiple regressions. The results of quantitative and qualitative analyses of the data disclosed that the sex of respondents and the level of their parental education had no statistically significant effect on adolescents' career choice pattern. However, age and grade level of students and also the nature of parental occupation strongly determined adolescents' career choice statuses. Age and grade level of students were found to be strong predictors of adolescents' career choice statuses. Adolescents felt most comfortable approaching their fathers for help in their career choice. Fathers appeared to be in a top position followed by peers, family members, teachers and mothers. Adolescents greatly valued their fathers' suggestions and opinions in their career choice pattern. On the bases of the findings, the study finally provided discussions and recommendations for concerned individuals and institutions.



adolescents' career choice status