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Author:Chand, Sonam Supashna
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Career developmen -- Decision makingt -- Fiji, Career development -- Fiji -- Psychological aspects, Vocational guidance -- Fiji -- Psychological aspects
Date: 2014
Call No.: Pac HF 5382 .5 .F5 C532 2014
BRN: 1194637
Copyright:20-40% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: Choosing an appropriate career is an important decision that one has to make. Career decision making is a very complex process. There are many factors that affect the choice of a career. Two of these factors are career maturity and career decision making self-efficacy. This study aimed to find the career maturity and career decision making self-efficacy of the students who were doing Bachelor of Arts. This study also aimed to find the relationships among career maturity, career decision-making self-efficacy, gender role ideology and locus of control and how these were affected by gender, culture and geographical locations. This study involved a quantitative approach and consisted of 8 research questions with 21 hypotheses. There were 212 participants who were students of the University of the South Pacific, enrolled in Bachelor of Arts programme. A survey was carried out using Career Maturity Inventory, Career Decision Making Self-efficacy Inventory, Attitude towards Women Scale, and Locus of Control Scale. The gender, ethnicity and geographical locations of the participants were also considered. Data were collected and entered in SPSS. The analysis tests which were used to find the predictors of career maturity were simple descriptive, Pearson’s correlation, independent t-test, one-way ANOVA and regression analysis. It was found that career maturity has a significant positive association with career decision making self-efficacy, gender role ideology, locus of control and participation in extracurricular and academic related activities. Significant positive correlations were also found for career decision making self-efficacy and gender role ideology, locus of control and participation in extracurricular and academic related activities. This study showed the influence of gender, ethnicity and geographical location in career maturity and career decision making self-efficacy of students. The limitations of this study were in terms of the inventories used and sample size. In spite of these, this study suggests that the factors affecting career decision making are embedded in cultural aspects of Fiji.
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