Online ISSN: 2520-4521 |
Print ISSN: 2522-6606
Perceived Influence of Students’ Variables on the Acquisition of Employability Skills among Business Education Students in Federal Universities South-South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria
Authors: Basil Nwosu, Atah C. A.
This study determined the perceived influence of students’ variables on the acquisition of employability skills among business education students in Federal Universities South-South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria. To achieve the purpose of the study, two research questions were raised and two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The study adopted a survey research design. The population consisted of 440 final year business education students who were all involved in the study due to the manageable size of the population. A 20-item questionnaire titled “Perceived Influence of Students Variables on the Acquisition of Employability Skills’ Scale” (PISVAES) was used for data collection. The internal consistency of the instrument was determined using the Cronbach Alpha statistical technique which yielded an overall reliability coefficient of 0.88. The data collected were analysed using mean (x) and standard deviation (SD) to answer the research questions. Similarly, the null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using an independent t-test. The findings from data analysis showed that students’ gender and students’ age significantly influenced the acquisition of employability skills among Business Education students in Federal Universities, South-South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria with High Influence (HI). While the test of hypotheses revealed that, there is was significant difference in the mean rating of the male and female respondents on the perceived influence of gender on the acquisition of employability skills. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others that students should be encouraged to develop an internal passion for specific or choice jobs so that their employment decisions will be influenced by job-related factors and not external factors and that students could be helped to develop a positive attitude towards business education contents to acquire the requisite skills that are needed to be employable in the world of work.