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A STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF COUNSELLING ON CAREER PREFERENCE AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN EKITI STATE, NIGERIA
This study examined the influence of counselling on career preference among secondary school students in Ekiti State. Descriptive survey research design was used for the study. Two hundred students drawn from ten secondary schools in four Local Government Areas of Ekiti State were used in the study. A questionnaire titled “Influence of Counselling on Career Preference” (ICCP) was administered on the students. The findings revealed among others that vocational guidance significantly influenced vocational aspirations of the students. It was also discovered that prestige, economic and social values play dominant roles in the behaviour of the students and finally, gender parity was also seen to be a prime factor in their choices of occupation. Based on the findings, it was recommended, among others, that schools should provide counselling sessions and career programmes for the students. Also counsellors should endeavour to organize visits to various factories and industries for students to get first hand information on their future careers.
Keywords: Counselling, career preference, guidance, behaviour