Gender Differences And Similarities In Career Choice Among Secretarial Administration Student

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Gender Differences And Similarities In Career Choice Among Secretarial Administration Student


The major purpose of this study was to determine the career preference of male and female in secretaryship in order to identify the gender difference and similarities in career choice among secretarial administrations student. Secretarial Administration is not for any particular gender although there are some aspects of the secretarial work that are outside the competence of the female secretaries. Secretaryship is a difficult and challenging profession. It entails rigorous for both sexes. All those who go into secretary ship are exposed to rigorous training which spans from National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) first Degree.

Table Of Contents

  • Title page
  • Approval page
  • Certification page
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of contents

Chapter One:


  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Statement of the problem
  • 1.3 Purpose of study
  • 1.4 Significance of the study
  • 1.5 Research questions
  • 1.6 Scope of the study
  • 1.7 Limitation
  • 1.8 Definition of terms

Chapter Two:

Review Of Related Literature

  • 2.1 Currents arguments on gender employment
  • 2.2 Vocational guidance towards a successful secretaryship
  • 2.3 Career opportunities in secretaryship Parental influence
  • 2.5 Peer group influence
  • 2.6 Summary of related literature reviewed

Chapter Three:

Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Design of study
  • 3.2 Area of the study
  • 3.3 Population of the study
  • 3.4 Sample of the study
  • 3.5 Sampling techniques
  • 3.6 Description of instrument used
  • 3.7 Administration of instrument
  • 3.8 Validation of instrument
  • 3.9 Method of data analysis

Chapter Four:

Presentation And Analysis Of Data

  • 4.1 Research question 1 on type of employers
  • 4.2 Research 2 on preferred career option
  • 4.3 Research question 3 on reason that influence choice of career
  • 4.4 Research question 4 on whether marital circumstances influences choice of career
  • 4.5 Research question 5 on the factor that determine choice of career
  • 4.6 Discussion of findings

Chapter Five:

Summary Of Findings, Conclusions And Recommendations

  • 5.1 Summary of findings
  • 5.2 Conclusions
  • 53 Recommendations
  • 5.4 Implications
  • 5.5 Suggestions for further research
  • References
  • Appendix
  • Questionnaire

Chapter One


1.1 Background Of The Study

For the past few years, there has been an ongoing argument on the career choice among secretarial administration students.

Career is the totality of work which a person performs in his life time. It is a way of earning a living as well as a meaningful progression on a person’s working life. It involves not only systematic education for initial occupation, but also a systematic occupational experience in which each occupation is considered as technical and social preparations for the individuals.

The preparation of a person on the acquisition of secretarial skill is in the right step towards employer ability. The executive secretaryship is an important aspect of office organization at it relates to division of duties and responsibilities. It has various names depending on the establishment employing the secretary such as, personal secretaryship, confidential secretaryship, company secretaryship, administrative secretaryship etc. Secretarial profession refers to professional area, which provides the services of communication and record with focus on the office functions giving, receiving, recording, analyzing and storing information. The professional is the secretary who is functionally described as the executive assistant, the personal assistant, the managers manager [The manager of the executive] or the private secretary.

Ohakwe, Idih and Chukwumezie (2000) states that a secretary is an assistant to the executive in performing secretarial duties such as taking dictation from the executive in important matters in shorthand and transcribing the dictated notes on the typewriter, handling personal and important mails most of which are confidential. The executive secretaryship is an administration officer who is responsible to the chief executive in the daily running of affairs of an organization. The secretary is equally in charge of all administrative matters, which include supervision of both senior and junior officers of the organization, all the managing directors function and full responsibilities for the secretarial and administrative duties required of a personal assistant. Therefore, secretaries are not managers as such, but they are indispensable to the management as no manager can function without secretarial services.

In many organizations, the secretary is provided with a position in the establishment even though he / she is normally attached to the top, middle to lower level management. In such establishments, close the secretary have a command a clearly defined responsibility which often includes supervision of clerical and secretarial staff under him in other establishments. The secretary may be merely attached to a superior officer but without an establishment of her own, she sits outside of her executive officer receiving his visitor taking notes and transcribing them.

The on-going argument on the career choice as to whether confidential secretaryship is better suited for men or women. Those who favour the woman claim that there are aspects of the secretarial work that are perceived to be outside the competence of male, while those who favour males claims, as well that there are aspects of the secretarial work that are outside the competence of females. The employers of labour are found to show their preferences to either male or female secretarial students depending their demand of work.

Secretaryship is a difficult and challenging profession. It is also entails rigorous training for both sexes. It can be more challenging profession for the women who combines secretary go into secretaryship are expected to rigorous training which spans from National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) and first degree.

The job of the secretary whether male or female is similar and would include receiving and giving management communication, storing management communication, safeguarding management communication and analyzing management communication etc.

Career abound in secretaryship in other words, those who train as secretaries, whatever the sex are faced with many careers on graduation such careers include the executive secretaryship earlier talked about, but many feels that executive secretaryship is better suited for the females. Other secretaries careers include Bilingual Secretaryship, Medical Secretaryship, Legal Secretaryship, Hausard Secretaryship, Court Reporting etc including careers in education is better suited for the male.

There have been some related studies, Emeribe (1999) conducted a study on employers preference of male and female secretaries and found among that the preference of employers for male secretaries. However, it does mot appear to have been any study that focused on the career choice of male and female in secretaryship, hence this study.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

Secretaryship offers many options to the men or woman going into it. In other words, once a person has qualified by obtaining the Higher National Diploma (HND) she can select any career within the professions. Job prospects, job satisfaction, job prestige, job involvement are some of the factors that determine choice of career.

Given the opportunity which of the options available in secretarial career will appeal more to both males and females. The problem of the study, therefore, is to generate empirical data on the career preferences of male and females in secretaryship.

1.3 Purpose Of The Study

The purpose of the study is to identify the gender differences and similarities in career choice among secretaries administration students.

Specifically, the study attempts to:

  1. To determine whether gender is a factor in the choice of types of employer
  2. To determine the gender preference for the popular secretarial career options
  3. To determine whether these is parental influence in choice of career among male and female secretarial students.
  4. To determine whether marital circumstances influence choice of secretarial career
  5. To determine whether remuneration, prestige job satisfaction, etc is a major factor in the choice of secretarial career among men and women.

1.4 Significance Of The Study

This study is hoped to be beneficial to many people in several ways. This study is highly educative as it services as a basis for environment of knowledge in secretarial education.

It also helps the students by providing information that could guide both male and female students in their choice of career. The future researchers will also from this research as it serves as a basis for further research because no one have close it.

1.5 Research Question

The following research question will guide this study:

  1. Which employers do secretaries like to work for on graduation?
  2. What is the gender preference for the popular secretarial career?
  3. How dose parental influence affect choice of secretarial career?
  4. How does marriage influence choice of secretarial career?
  5. Which of the factors of remuneration job prestige job satisfaction, job involvement determine choice of secretarial career among men and women?

1.6 Scope Of The Study

This research has been restricted to careers in the secretarial job family namely, executive secretaryship, which include personal, confidential secretaryship etc.

The study did not extend to other areas of business careers than those in secretaryship.

1.7 Limitation

There are numerous militating against the cope of this project. All the secretarial administration students could not be reached due to the constituent. However, the study was limited to selected students of secretarial administration.

1.8 Definition Of The Terms


This is the classification by which nouns and pronouns (and after accompanying modifiers) are grouped and inflected or changes in forms in relation to sex or their lack of it.


This is the state of holding an opinion unlike that of others, quality fact of being difficult.


This is close likeness. The state of being similar.


These progress through life, development and progress of part and principal way of making a living.


This is the act of the voluntary power of selecting or separating from two or more things the determination of the mind in one thing to another executive. That is the person or group of persons in a business or commercial organization, with administrative or managerial power.


The position of office of a secretary, a secretary’s term of office.


This is the list of printed questions to be answered by group of people to get factual information.

Chapter Five

Summary Of Findings, Conclusion And Recommendation

This chapter shows that summary of the funding which relates to the research question and was organized along the subheadings which includes; summary of findings, conclusion, recommendation, implications, and finally, suggestions for further study.

5.1 Summary Of Findings

Based on the analysis of the research questions, the following findings were include:

  1. Both male and female students choose to work as executives secretaries
  2. Male and female students choice of career were mostly influenced by job availability.
  3. The majority of the female students choice of career is influenced by marital circumstance unlike the male students that are not influenced by marital circumstances.
  4. Remuneration is the major factor that determine choice of career of male and female secretarial students.
  5. The female students of secretarial administration prefer to be self employed and male students off secretarial administration prefer to work for public service.

5.2 Conclusions

Based on the findings of the study, the following conclusions are drawn.

  1. Male secretaries prefer to work for organized private sector like limited company or public limited company and females secretarial student would like to be self employed on graduation
  2. Executive secretaryship was found to be a preferred career option for male and female secretarial students
  3. Job availability and parental influence are the major reasons of career choice of both male and female students of secretarial administration.
  4. Marital circumstance influence to a great extent the career choice of the female secretaries but with little or no effect on career choice of male secretaries.
  5. Remuneration and job security are the major factors that determines career choice preference of the male and female secretaries respectively.

5.3 Recommendation

Based on the findings and conclusion of the study the following recommendation are drawn.

  1. It is recommended that the polytechnics, universities and includes entrepreneurship as an aspect of the secretarial training curriculum because female secretarial students who dominate in the programme wants to be self employed on graduation.
  2. It is recommended that students should choose a career option in secretaryship that suits them and not basing their option on prestige attached to it.
  3. It is recommended that students should choose a career in which they have the ability to do and not because of job availability
  4. It is also recommended that students should choose a course they will practice even after marriage
  5. The research finally recommends that career preference should be made based on interest and love for the course and not love for the money they secretarial profession brings.

5.4 Implications Of The Study

  1. The implication is that greater facilities should be provided by the management to meet up with the high rate of students study secretarial administration.
  2. Another implication is that the government should provide found to assist in provision of facilities to meet up the high rate of students studying secretarial administration.

5.5 Suggestions For Further Study

The researcher suggests that a study should be carried out on, why female secretarial administration students prefer to be self employed on graduation. And another study should also be carried out on method of career development in secretaryship.

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