PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS AND JOB AVAILABILITY AS PREDICTORS OF CAREER CHOICE AMONG GRADUATES IN IBADAN, OYO STATE, NIGERIA

OWODUNNI Adekunle Abdulfatai, Irelola Marian OLADELE-OJO

Abstract


This study investigated psychological factors (attitude, perception and beliefs) and job availability (economic factors and technological factors) as predictors of career choice among graduates in Ibadan, Oyo State. The study employed a survey research design. Respondents were 450 graduates (183 males and 267 females) whose year of graduation fell between 2010 and 2015 within Ibadan Metropolis. They responded to Career Choices Predictors (α = 0.91), a self developed questionnaires. Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) was used as the method of data analysis for the study. The result of the study showed that attitude, perception, belief, economic factors and technological advances, all had significant influences on career choices among graduates. Understanding these predictors of career choice will help guidance counsellors and educators to orientate students in career path planning before they graduate. To aid graduates in their career making decisions, sustainable recommendation were made in this study. 


Keywords


Graduates, Attitude, Perception, Belief, Job availability, and Career choice

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