Extent to which academic performance influences re-careering among working-class students in selected Kenyan Public Universities
Anne Njango Njiiri, Rose Ruto Korir
Re-careering is a phenomenon where by already trained individuals seek a total shift to a new and different work field, demanding a new set of skills. While re-careering presents new opportunities to those re-careering, it affects employees and organizations in different, ways due to shifts that impact negatively on either organizations or the individual. The rate of re-careering continues to rise in Kenya. This study adopted a mixed – research design (i.e. quantitative and qualitative) to collect and analyze data. A total of 384 questionnaires were distributed to the targeted population sample. This study revealed that additional training, age and experience by working students positively influence re-careering. Majority of the respondents, 60.0% agreed that the decision to re-career is influenced by the individual secondary school level performance as well as individual expectations of easy avenues to further their education level while in the new career. The high score in academic qualification explain the simple reasons why the respondents were furthering their education at the time of the study.