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Factor Analysis of Career Preference Survey Among University Students by F.B. Adebola (pages 157-166)
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This paper examined some of the factors that determine the choice of present course of study among Nigerian students, using Federal university of technology, Akure (FUTA) as a case study.

Data for the study were collected from primary sources using both structured and close ended questionnaire. The questionnaire has sixteen (16) pre-determined factors in Likert scale, and also a part for personal profile. Stratified random sampling scheme was employed, and proportional allocation was used in allocating sample size ‘nh’ in each School. The sample data was tested for adequacy and appropriateness using Bartlett’s test of Sphericity and Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin Measure of Sampling Adequacy (MSA). Significant p value for Bartlett’s test and a MSA value of 0.8 were obtained, indicating that the data is appropriate for factor analysis. From the sixteen predetermined factors in the questionnaire, five factors were extracted using principal component analysis and they accounted for approximately 60% of the total variance.

 Key words: Sample Survey, Career Choice, Stratified Random Sampling, Factor Analysis, Proportional allocation