HomeSMCC Higher Education Research Journal (Multidisciplinary Journal)vol. 8 no. 1 (2021)

Determinants of Career Paths Among Grade 12 Students, Division of Agusan del Norte, Philippines




A career path is an important part of one’s life that is influenced by several factors. This study aimed to ascertain one of the determinants of career path among Grade 12 students in the division of Agusan del Norte. The researcher utilized the descriptive correlational research design. The respondents of the study are the Grade 12 students who were officially enrolled in the school year 2019-2020, their parents and guardians, their teachers, and their guidance advocates. Collected data were tabulated and treated with appropriate statistical techniques. Based on the findings, school and community factors have a high extent of manifestation than peer factors in the social and environmental influence of career paths among the respondents. In addition, the college pathway is the first preference of the respondents after completing senior high school degree than taking technical-vocational courses, work while studying, and seeking employment. Engaging in the business venture after graduation is the least preferred path. Moreover, family characteristics, social and environmental influence, and access and equity significantly relate to student’s career pathways. It was recommended that the school heads consider stakeholders’ involvement, including teachers, parents, community, and guidance counselors, to enhance career guidance programs at school. The empowerment of teachers and guidance counselors shall be sustained by involving them in the school improvement planning and activities, providing them career guidance trainings and seminars.