CAREER MANAGEMENT COMPETENCY AMONG TECHNICAL STUDENTS: IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COURSE FIELD AND UNIVERSITY

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Normah Zakaria
Norulhuda Binti Abd Rasheid
Noor Azlin Yamin

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Career Management Competency, Vocational training, Competency model, Technical education, Anova

Abstract

Purpose of Study: Challenge to place themselves in jobs, require graduate that have high competency in career manage- ment to compete and fulfill the human resource demand. Thus, this research is to find the different technical student in their career management competency between courses field and university. Samples are final year students from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka(UTeM), with sample size (n), are 581. A questionnaire was used as the instruments to measure the career management competency among students. The data were analyzed using an independent t-test and One Way ANOVA to answer the research questions. The finding revealed there is a significant difference in career management competency between students’ courses field, p < .05 and university, p < .05, with mean difference value =0.13. The implication of this study can give a positive picture to the student how to manage their career own then right path.


Methodology: This study uses a quantitative approach by using survey method to answer the question of the study. The purpose of this study was to involve the views and perceptions of respondents about the career management competencies to identify the difference career management competency based on the course fields and among the final year of Engineering Technical University students.


Results: The data obtained through this study were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)  version 20.0. Table 1 shows the total distribution of 581 students by the university. Table 2 shows the mean score of career management competency based on seven-course fields namely FKMP, FKEE, FKAAS, FKE, FKEKK, FKP, and FKM.


Implications/Applications: This research was conducted based on the need to review the competency to manage a career in technical university engineering students. The need to review the career management competency by identifying the differences based on career fields and universities among final year students of Engineering Technical University is based on the lack of research in the relevant field.

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