Assessment of the Impact of Career Guidance on Career Development of Staff and Students of Koforidua Polytechnic

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Career guidance is an essential activity that is planned and has life-long learning strategies and policies to encourage and develop employable individuals who are shaped by many environmental factors that translates into certain career paths. Today, it receives little attention and little provision is made for students and employees resulting in utmost confusion in choosing career paths. This research therefore sought to find out the existence of career guidance in Schools; examine awareness levels; its effectiveness and impact on career choices and development. A cross-sectional design was employed in the study which involved staff and students of Koforidua Polytechnic and stratified sampling with proportional allocation was used to sample 2500 students and convenience sampling technique to select 210 staff. Structured questionnaires were used to collate data and SPSS was used for data analysis. Frequency distribution tables, graphs and charts were used to present the information. Three hypotheses were tested and analysis of variance (ANOVA) and correlation and regression analysis were used to analyse the data. It was found out that there is a positive relationship between career counselling and career development as it gives both course and job satisfaction for students and staff respectively. It is therefore recommended that a comprehensive policy should be developed to ensure effectiveness.
A thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of COMMONWEALTH EXECUTIVE MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION,2012