Determinants of Students' Career Choices at Secondary School Level in Ol' Joro-Orok Division, Ol' Joro-Orok Zone, Gikingi Village in Nyandarua West District of central province-Kenya. The case of Ol' Joro-Orok Division

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
The study set out to find out the factors influencing student's career choices at secondary school in level: A case ofOL'JORO-OROK division, Nyandarua West District, Kenya. The objectives were set such as; to determine the influence of socio-economic factors such as student's career expectations and career information on student's career choice, to analyze the influence of home-based factors such as parental and peer/siblings' effect on students' career choices, to find out the influence of school-based factors such as career guidance sessions and teachers on students' career choices and to suggest appropriate educational . . policies that may be used to improve the ability of students in making informed career choices. From the objectives, research questions were set to guide the researcher. The study made use a survey method qualitative analysis [ cut and paste method] and descriptive statistics to analyze the data. The study revealed that students were making ignorant career choices due to inadequate career guidance. Majority of the teachers were not trained to handle careers neither were there adequate career guidance sessions in schools. Parental, peers and sibling influence also confused students as they made their career choice. Possible measures suggested included; students should be guided through their subjected choices to be in line with their career expectations. Parents, siblings and other members of the community should be advised on how to talk to students about their subject interest and abilities. Tp.e number of career guidance sessions could be increas~d. Conclusively, a further diagnostic study of the problem involving a large sample and a cross section of all categories of secondary schools was recommended by the researcher to help in minimizing problems of carrier choices in secondary school.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment for the Award of a Bachelor of Education (Science) Degree of Kampala International University.
Career Choices, Secondary Schools', Students', central province-Kenya