Greener Journal of Education and Training Studies
Vol. 5(2), pp. 33-40, 2019
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Conceptualizing Self-Awareness as a Correlate for Career Development of Students with Disabilities.
Orok, Afor Betek Mary
Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Buea
Article No.: 070419125
Type: Short Comm.
The lifelong process of career development poses special challenges for people with disabilities. Although the career development of individuals with disabilities is not widely discussed in the literature, key pieces of legislation enacted or reauthorized in the 1990s indicates a backdrop from that perspective. Employers are increasingly recognizing that a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to success in the 21st century global economy. This is increasingly recognized as opportunities have opened up, in recent decades, both in in-service training and in the open labour market. Yet in many countries such as Cameroon, the potential of many persons with disabilities remains untapped, as they frequently do not have equal access to training in employable skills, relevant to the labour market in which they seek to work, either in formal employment, in self-employment or small businesses in the informal economy. This article looked at self-awareness as a guide for career development of students with disabilities. Career development is the outcome of actions on career plan, which starts as early as childhood, when children starts having an idea of what they want to be in future. For students with disabilities, the challenges are enormous considering that; they face special changes based on their special needs. Overcoming the challenges of career development is not always easy for students with disabilities, but having an awareness of themselves, can act as a guide in their career development process. This article briefly presents the influence of self-awareness on the career development process of students with disabilities. These Employment issues for persons with disabilities underscore the need for a multifaceted career development programme particularly for developing countries such as Cameroon. Career development which is a cyclical process involves self-knowledge about personality, interests, skills, and abilities; understanding of the world of work and the requirements of specific occupations; and the ability to match one’s abilities and skills satisfactorily with an occupation and a work environment. Other aspects that influence the process are occupational aspirations, self-efficacy expectations, and career maturity. Despite these conceptual and methodological problems, there is still a need for a conceptual framework to guide career development counsellors in tracking and facilitating the career development of persons with disabilities.
Orok Afor Betek Mary
E-mail: renetaorok@ yahoo.com
Self-Awareness; Career Development; Students with Disabilities/Special Needs
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Cite this Article: Orok, ABM (2019). Conceptualizing Self-Awareness as a Correlate for Career Development of Students with Disabilities. Greener J Education and Training Studies, 5(2), 33-40, http://doi.org/10.15580/GJETS.2019.2.070419125.
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