IMPACT OF SINGLE PARENTING ON CHILD'S CAREER CHOICE AND VOCATION

ABSTRACT
The study was carried out to identify the effects of single parenting has on the child's learning and his future life, endeavour of student in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. A student population of 50 student drawn from five Secondary School in Egor Local Government Area randomly selected was used for the study to each student questionnaire was administered and answer offered were collated and analysed. The result obtained from the study show that, illiterate parents have little or no time to their children's education children from educated home background show more interest in education lack of motivation and parents forcing them to do their will. It was also found out that only few students are interested in their parent's occupation. Discoveries from the study reveals that illiterate parents have no interest in their children academic growth, parents are not a factor influencing the choice of career among their children. Furthermore, there is no significant different between children from educated home towards Education of given the necessary motivation.  This is due to the fact that a consideration number of children live without parental support, as in orphans, children living in the streets, displaced and refused children who on account of the poverty of their parents are subjected to inhuman and sadistic ordeals.  This reduces their desire to learn as it happens frequently in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.


CHAPTER ONE
1.1       BACKGROUND OF STUDY
Marriage of a youth in ancient society was parts of the responsibilities of his parents. The young man had no choices and no say. He accepted his wife his joy and thanks. In some cases, a wife was married for him at a time he could certainly not afford to keep a wife all maintenance was borne by the parents. In the past marriage were a matter within the clan or within clan’s and its environs parents were not anxious to see their suns getting married to girls from distant places or other tribes.
Marriages arranged by parents on the basis of family friendship ties rarely broke up in the past. Single parenting in the ancient times was also very rate, because of penalties of proven infidelity and fear of offending elders of both families in Nigerian, there are four clearly defined types of marriage we have the church or statutory marriage those performed at the mosques and marriage contracted according to native law and customs of any ethnic group. The purpose of marriage is to have children and establish a family. When these children eventually arrive, they are regarded as blessing from God and are social and economic assets to their parents. The family, this time needs a home to live in and feel secured. Thus, home is a place where a family lives and also a place where one secures love. It is a place which provides all individual needed in order to fit into the society successfully. A home provides for food, physical, mental, psychological and spiritual; development of its members. A home is built on love and mutual understanding and good planning is able to meet its goals in a home where love and understanding are lacking, such a home is bound to crack and fissure in all direction. This broken homes are homes or families where either the father or the mother has ceased to be further member of such a home of family through divorce, desertion to mention but a few.   
Single parenting therefore can be defined to be personal misfortune for either of the spouse ion any society but it is a universal escape for the inevitable tension is marriage. Single parenting as a matter of fact breaks the bonds, which once united two individual and their family. Marriage is a big step in life, in which a person plans as a career or even business, certainly you either fail or succeed. This bond dissolution can occur as a result of extra marital practices by either of the partners, early marriage, a solution where either of the spouses is not ripe enough for
        Ipaye (2000) refers to the need for one to discuss with one's peer school counsellors, parents and teachers on the need to choose a life span work as “career convention” or “career conference”. However, career convention according to him is an instrument of career information. This occurs for a number of reasons, which includes:
1.           To stimulate career thinking and widen occupational horizon.
2.           To focus attention on particular jobs in order to help an individual crystallizes his preference.
3.           To create a situation in which parents can on one hand meet employers and discuss the opportunities they offer and on the other hand meet the career teachers or career officers with whom they can exchange views.
Work experience during industrial training or those experiences acquired during vocational education also aids the students in choice of career. This is a techniques in which students do job under realistic conditions without payment this may help them choose a career to that effect.
        James (2004) Observes that the influence home has on the child's learning is the fundamental concepts of life.   This cause and most of the habits and basic adjustment were established during pre-school years. The highlights the fact that home and parents occupy the most important position in the child’s education. It should be stressed that work experience is not an attempt to find job for the students but an attempt to widen the horizons of students and ease the ultimate transition from school to work. This is usually based on the information given to the school by the parents, such guidance and information are necessary because most school children are adolescents and are controlled by double standards, hypocrisy, truancy, materialism, dishonesty etc. .
        The factor that may influence choice of career includes.
-              Socio-economic factors
-              Personal or family factors
-              Cultural factors, which include schools, peer group, age and work experience.  The effect of single parenting on choice of career is both negative and positive this is due to: security factors
-              No usual hazards to health
-              Assured steady income
-              Certainty of continued employment
-              Career or occupational satisfaction
-              Prestige
-              Social rewards.
To increase students interest and ability to use his hands and brains, the parents, must be involved to give desired assistance/guidance to the students. 

1.2       STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
This research is based on the effect of single parentings on the choice of career among secondary school students in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. The parents may desire what they think is good or best for their ward.
This may affect the child positively if the child can cope with it but negatively when such a child has other things in mind, which he/she wishes to do. The result of this is that the child may not concentrate on the parents needs and so may not adjust positively towards the career. This sometimes leads to students waywardness, secrete cult involvement, armed robbery and so on. The child may not cope with the parents continual force against his/her will. 
The world is marking such drastic demand upon the coming workers every truthful man and woman every teaches and reflecting parents is planning way to fit the students for the life and needs of this new century. This statement which is still relevant today was written by Mejer Bloomfield in his book ‘finding ones place in life in (2007) since the early 2000 career development or vocational guidance at it was then known has increasingly gained more and more attention and respect in essence career counselling is a specialty within the profession of counselling one that fosters vocationally development and work adjustment of individual abilities interest and goals with the work roles structured by the community and occupation organised by companies and assist a developing and deciding individual to make suitable and viable choice why examine the factors affecting career choice on senior secondary school students, in the past and even now for many. It was assumed that on individual going through late adolescent would be developing their independence and slowly eliminating his or her family’s constraints as he or she formed his or her own identity into the larger word in effect the person would make career decision based on his or her own interest research and occupational goals with limited influence from others. Infact even when young adult move away from home, their family will likely still have a strong influence upon them on two significant life events marriage and their career.   

1.3       PURPOSE OF STUDY
The main purpose of this study is the attempt to find out the effect of single parenting on the choice of career among students in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.
It will as much as possible, try to find out to what extent, the influence of the parent will play on the students choice of career, and whether the influence will always aid the students positively or negatively.
It will also focus on how processing techniques. Learned from  family system can lead to effective career counselling research concerning the impact of a family social economic status has ultimately divided this lack of consensus is partially during 60 the limited research in this particular are as it is rarely the main focus of the students. (Brown, 2001) but also because of the lack of detail given by the researcher about their participants. 

1.4       RESEARCH QUESTION
The research question which the study attempt to verify are as follows:
  1. Do you always desire most things your friends do?
  2. Is student’s choice of career influenced by their peer group?
  3. Does career choice affect the academic performance of students?
  4. Is your choice of career based on your interest and value towards that career?
  5. Illiterate parents have no influence on their children’s choice of career?
1.5       SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY
The importance of this researcher work is to find to what extent the influences of the parent will affect the student choice of career and the attendance performance of students on the subject that would heard them successfully toward this occupation or job as a life span endeavour.
1.           It will enable the research give recommendations to the parents about their children’s response to the advice five to them.
2.           It will enable the researcher make concrete recommendations to the government about the choice of career among students especially now that the rate of unemployment is high.
3.           It will enable the researcher to make recommendation to school administrators.
4.           The findings will also enable the researcher made recommendations for further research on the issue of career prospects.
5.           It will enable the peer and the students community to have an impact on the youth adult expectation and perception of vocation.

1.6       SCOPE OF STUDY
The research study is limited to the effect of single parenting on the choice of career among student's in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. This research work will cover five randomly selected secondary schools in Egor Local Government Area. Three public and two private secondary school, the schools are:
-              Useh secondary School, Useh.
-              Egor Secondary School, Egor
-              St. Paul Memorial School, Useh.
-              Uwelu Secondary School, Uwelu.
-              Lenrnwell Groups of School, Useh.
Furthermore, for the survey to be properly conducted questionnaire will be employed. Students’ questionnaires, teacher’s questionnaires and parents questionnaires will be given to men and women in the community to know their degree of involvement in their children’s education and choice of career.

1.7       DEFINITION OF TERMS
-              CAREER - A chosen pursuit or course of business activity or enterprise, especially one's professional life or employment that offers advancement and honour.
-              INFLUENCE- The power of acts by which parents or a person has to control the desire of another.
-              CHOICE: An act of choosing between two  or more possibility. The right to choose or the possibility of choosing.
-              FACTORS: One of several thing that cause or influence something or somebody to include as particular fact or situation when you are thinking about or planning something.
-              EFFECTIVE: Producing strong feeling of sadness and sympathy.
-              COUNSELLING: This is the process where a troubled or a confused person is helped by a professional to solve his problem and to make better adjustment to his society.

-              GUIDANCE: This is the process of helping the student to understanding himself and his environment in other to develop self defectiveness. 

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