Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(10), pp. 594-599 December 2010         
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Factors affecting career development of senior secondary school students in Ethiope east local government area, Delta state, Nigeria

Rev. Fr Jude J. Obiunu*, Oghenebrorhie Ruth Ebunu

Department of Guidance and Counselling, Delta State University, Abraka.

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Received 08 October, 2010; Accepted 30 November, 2010 


This study investigated some of the factors influencing career development of senior secondary school students in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. The study used senior secondary school students because they are at the critical stage of career decision making process. Relevant literatures that were related to the study were reviewed. The problem of the study is that some senior secondary school students are not able to make appropriate career choices. In order to be able to measure the variables for the study, four research questions were developed.  Simple percentage was used to analyze the response to the instrument. The findings from the study indicated that career counseling is required for appropriate career development.  Some of the factors that were observed to affect career development include psychological, sociological, educational, hereditary, and economic factors.  These play significant role in the career decision making process of secondary school students.


Keywords: Career, Development, Students, Secondary School.

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