Chinyelu Nwokolo, Uju Christiana Nwanna


This study investigated Realistic and Investigative personality types as predictors of achievement career aspiration of secondary school students in Anambra State, Nigeria. Two research questions guided the study while two null hypotheses were tested at a 0.05 level of significance. The study adopted a correlation research design. The study was carried out in Anambra State. The sample of 2,700 SS1 and SS 2 students were selected from a population of 32,450 senior secondary school students. Two research instruments were used for data collection. These are the Achievement Career Aspiration Scale (ACAS) and Personality Types Questionnaire (PTQ). The internal consistency reliability of the instruments was established using Cronbach Alpha statistics. The results are as follows: ACAS 0.891; PTQ 0.942. The reliability Coefficients for PTQ clusters are Realistic 0.891, Investigative 0.928. Copies of the questionnaire were distributed and retrieved through a direct delivery method. Data collected were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Simple linear regression analyses were used in answering research questions and testing the hypotheses. The finding of the study revealed among others that the Investigative personality type showed a significant prediction of achievement career aspiration of the students while the Realistic personality type does not significantly predict their achievement career aspiration. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that Guidance Counsellors working in secondary schools should organise assessment tests to assess students’ personality types in their school when the students join the school in class one, so as to guide them in their possible career paths.


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