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Date of this Version

1-2022

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate factors influencing the career choice among secondary school students and implications for school library development. The study design adopted was ex-post-facto. The study was guided by four research questions and four null hypotheses. A sample of 65 students was selected using the multi-stage sampling technique. Data were collected with a self-structured questionnaire structured on a 4-point rating scale. The research questions were analyzed using mean and standard deviation. The null hypotheses were tested at 0.5 level of significance using independent t-test. The major findings showed that there is no significant difference in mean ratings regarding the influence of parental factors on choice of career between male and female students; there is no significant difference in mean ratings regarding the influence of societal culture on the choice of career between male and female students; there is no significant difference in mean ratings regarding the influence of peer groups on the choice of career between male and female students; there is no significant difference in mean ratings regarding the influence of school environment on choice of career. The educational implications of the findings were highlighted such as introducing and strengthening guidance services in schools where they do exist through which first-hand information from organizations will be gotten for students' consumption. Moreover, the study highlighted the implication of the findings to school library development. The major limitations of this study were outlined; recommendations and suggestions for further studies were made.

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