OCCUPATIONAL CHOICE OF YOUTHS AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN OVO STATE OF NIGERIA
Keywords:OCCUPATIONAL CHOICE, YOUTHS, AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
AbstractThe study examined the factors which influence the occupational choice of youths in Oyo State ofNigeria. Information was obtained through the use of structured questionnaire. Results of data analysisindicate that 30% of respondents chose medicine as their career, 22.5% chose engineering as theirfuture occupation, while careers in computer science came third (20%) in the occupational choice ofthe respondents and agriculture and teaching occupations attracted 6% and 5% respectively. Parentsare more influential in assisting the youths with their occupational aspirations. Agricultural occupationis not favoured by a great majority of respondents because of lack of clear understanding as to whatare involved in agricultural occupations. The paper provides different ways of educating students aboutcareer choice.
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