STUDENTS’ CAREER CHOICES IN APPLIED SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE — BASED PROFESSIONS by I.T. Eshiet, Dept. and N.E.U. lnyang

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ABSTRACT
The establishment of Federal and State Universities in the Country(Nigeria) reflects the commitment of Government on tertiary education as is stated in the Revised National Policy on Education. The fast increasing number of graduates in various academic disciplines not withstanding individual motive for education at tertiary level is still hinged on the need for a certificate for job procurement.
It appears that not much work has been published on career choices in this country. This exercise is carried out with a view to establishing career areas of interest to students and the influence which parents have on the choice of such careers. A questionnaire was developed and distributed to Class V students in 20 Secondary Schools in the Cross River State. In all, 387 completed and returned the questionnaire.
Analysis has revealed that parents influence to a large extent the choice of careers and that emphasis is seriously shifted from Agriculture and Teaching to areas of Medical Sciences, Law and Engineering.

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Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.

To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
His personal knowledgebase and website can be accessed via www.nseduinyang.com.ng

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