HomeArellano University Graduate School Journalvol. 10 no. 1 (2012)

OCCUPATIONAL INTERESTS AND THE FACTORS AFFECTING THE CAREER DECISIONS OF SENIOR STUDENTS OF JUAN SUMULONG CAMPUS SCHOOL YEAR 2010 – 2011: BASIS FOR CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAM

Anita G. Ignacio

Discipline: Education

 

Abstract:

A significant amount of research investigation has been focused on the factors affecting the career decisions of senior students graduating from high school. Much has been said on the influence and involvement of the parents/guardians in the decision making of their children’s choice of career. It seemingly reveals that the moment the latter graduated from high school; thus, the former demonstrated to have effected in the latter’s career choices. Considering such scenario, this study further aimed at determining the occupational interests of the 75 fourth year high school (53.33 % females and 46.47 % males) students of Juan Sumulong Campus as well as the very influence of their parents on their career decision. Using both the quantitative and qualitative methods, major findings were brought to light and these were the following: that 97.33 % (n=73) of the student- respondents had a clear decision of pursuing college education; 1.33 % (n=1) was clear about taking up a two-year technical-vocational course and likewise the same percentage was apparent with another student who opted to work immediately after graduating from high school. For those interested in taking up college education, top degree courses were Engineering and Accountancy courses as evidenced by 21.33% and 20 %, respectively. Highly influenced by their parents and relatives as represented by 2.64 wm, the student- respondents were able to arrive at their chosen career making use of their cognitive over and above emotion as revealed by 82.67 % to completely reach at a certain decision.