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Title: Career Decision Making: Relationship Among Youth Career Choices, Career Knowledge and Self Knowledge at Higher Secondary Level in Pakistan
Authors: Khan, Shahinshah Babar
Keywords: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: International Islamic University, Islamabad.
Abstract: This study aimed to explore the relationship among career choices, career knowledge and self-knowledge and contribution of each of them in predicting career decision making among the students of higher secondary level in Pakistan. The objectives of the current study were (i)to explore the relationship between youth career choices and career knowledge. (ii) to find out the association between youth career choices and self - knowledge. (iii) To investigate the connection between youth self-knowledge and careerknowledge and (iv) to explore the contribution of career choices, career knowledge and self- knowledge in predicting the career decision-making (v) to find out the significant difference in the mean scores of male and female students towards career decision making By purpose, the present study was correlational and by method it was survey research. The population for the current study was 2309 students of Higher Secondary School Certificate level who were enrolled in the institutions of Federal Directorate of Education, Islamabad. A total of 460 students were selected through proportionate stratified sampling technique. A career choice test designed on the basis of Holland’s theory was used to investigate the personality type of the students. Three custom made questionnaires were used to measure the career choices, career knowledge and self-knowledge of the sample students. An adopted questionnaire Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale (CDSE) was used for measuring confidence of students in career related tasks. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was calculated for measuring relationship between career choices and career knowledge, career choices and self-knowledge and career knowledge and self-knowledge. Multiple regression was employed to explore the contribution of career choices, career knowledge and self-knowledge towards career decision making. The current study found a positive strong relationship between career choices and career knowledge, career choices and selfknowledge and between self-knowledge and career knowledge. Career knowledge makes the strongest unique contribution in explaining the career decision-making while career choices are the variable that contributes least in career decision-making. It was found that male and female students held different patterns while making decision about careers. Even within same subject groups, male and female students possessed different patterns towards career decision-making. In the light of the findings, it was concluded that career choices, career knowledge and self-knowledge bore strong positive relation and all these variables contribute in predicting confidence in career decision making among students of higher secondary level. It was recommended that the strategic plan developed for career related matters may be implemented in higher secondary schools where teachers, professional and trained counselors might guide students about selection of subjects and scope of these subjects in future while dealing with real life problems. For measuring students’ potential and their personality type, Holland’s personality test should be usable. Replication of the study on country wide population and gender related issues, desirably on longitudinal basis should yield more data and substance for generating generalizability of the study framed the areas for future research.
Gov't Doc #: 20180
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