Perceived influence of Occupational Information on Vocational Choice of Secondary School Students in Onitsha South Education Zone of Anambra State

Okudo B. Ugochukwu & Arinze Kingsley Okeke


This study examined the perceived influence of occupational information on vocational choice of secondary school students in Onitsha South Education Zone of Anambra State. To guide the study, four research questions were generated. Descriptive survey design was used for the study. The population of the study was 39,032 students in 32 Public secondary schools in the area of study. Simple random sampling technique was used to select a sample of 100 students. A twenty-five structured questionnaire titled “Occupational information on Vocational Choice scale” (OIVCs) was used for the study. The reliability of the instrument was tested and reliability co-efficient was 0.97 using Cronbach Alpha. Mean was used for data analysis. The results show that occupational information helps undergraduate students to make right vocational choices, exposes them to available job opportunities and helps them to discover their abilities, interest, aptitudes and potentials in their vocational choices. Recommendations were made which include, among others, that there should be effective vocational counselling services in schools, ranging from primary to universities, and school authority should be flexible in placing students on course of study so that students should choose vocations that match their personalities and abilities.

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