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Acknowledgement The researchers would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the people who helped and supported them in accomplishing the qualitative study. First of all, the researchers are grateful to The Almighty God for establishing them to finish and make the qualitative study. The researchers take this opportunity to record their sincere thanks to their guardians, Jenifer and Elmo Cortez, Maricel and Roman Macatangay, Sweet Jane and Robert Pascua, Domingo and Judith Basa, and Rolando and Benita Ba?as, for their unceasing encouragements, moral and financial supports, and for being their inspiration on their study. The researchers wish to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Carina G. Dacanay for the technical support and for her words of wisdom that helped in the completion of the said qualitative study. To the panel members for their patience and positive suggestions for the betterment of the qualitative study. To their research adviser, Mr. Anthony Cabantac, and to the teaching staff of the Good Shepherd Cathedral School, specially Mrs. Dearna Losauro, for their ceaseless aid in many different aspects that contributed in the betterment of the study. And lastly, the researchers would like to extend their appreciation to their friends, colleagues, and to all who directly and indirectly lent their helping hand in this venture. Without the help of these people, this study wouldn’t be successful. Thank you!?Table of ContentsPageTitle PageAcknowledgementAbstractChapter I- IntroductionA. Background of the StudyB. Conceptual FrameworkC. Statement of the ProblemD. Significance of the StudyE. Scope and DelimitationF. Definition of TermsChapter II- Methodology?Chapter IIntroductionA. Background of the Study Under employment, low quality production rate, and low satisfaction rate of employees, these are just some of the problems that a lot of organizations are facing. These problems rooted from the career choices of the students. This is because wrong career paths lead to wrong occupations, and wrong occupations can cause low quality products or unemployment. The research aims to determine what influences the students in choosing their career paths. The researchers wanted to know how the professions of the parents of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students in Good Shepherd Cathedral School (GSCS) affects their career decisions. Choosing a career path has never been easy. It dictates what a person will do for almost a half of their life. The things that should be considered before choosing a career path are the student’s interests, skills, work attitude, training and education, and availability of jobs. However, most of the time the parents of the students decide on what courses their children should take, and mostly, it is related to the current occupation of the parents. In a study Satisfaction as Related to Socio-Economic Status by B’nai B’rith, the reasons given by parents for satisfaction with their children’s career choice varied greatly according to the occupational group to which the parent belonged. Only 17% of the chosen parents have chosen the fact that the child’s choice of career made use of his special talents and interests as the reason for their satisfaction. Also, even though students are not directly told to follow the career paths of their parents, they cannot choose a career for themselves because of the expectation and pressure the family gives them. In accord to the book of Understanding and Supporting Professional Careers on page six (6), family tradition also has a strong influence on career choice. It was stated that parents have explicit expectations that are conveyed to a child in various ways. Therefore, the child chooses a career based on what appeases his/her parents, and regret and disappointment may set in later. This simple custom greatly affects the student physically, mentally, and emotionally. The student may be affected physically because the chosen career path for him/her may not be connected on his/her talents or physical capacity. The student’s attitude on learning may also change because he/she does not like the chosen high school track or college course for him/her, this mentally affects the student. He/she may also be emotionally affected because his/her parents have neglected his/her admired career path, this may also lead to anxiety and depression. With this given information, the researchers wanted to elaborate how the professions of the parents of a student affect the student’s career decisions.B. Conceptual Framework C. Statement of the Problem This study aims to determine the influence of parent’s profession on career choices of STEM students in Good Shepherd Cathedral School. It seeks to answer the following sub-problems:1. How do the professions of the parents of STEM students in GSCS affect their career decision?2. What are the effects of the professions of the parents of STEM students to their career choice?3. How does STEM students deal with the pressure of choosing career paths?4. What role does the parents play in guiding their child to the right career path?D. Significance of the Study The research problem concerns a considerable number of persons that are currently facing the career choosing dilemma, this will include the students. Companies or employers may also be a benefactor of the qualitative research. The Philippine’s economy can also be positively affected after the conduct of the study. The administering of the study will aid numerous students in choosing the right profession that matches their interests and skills. This might also help companies in hiring a right person for a job. In accordance to the website of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Philippine’s underemployment rate is estimated 16.3%, which is certainly alarming (the release date of the data is July 2017). The conduct of the study can decrease this rate and help in the increase of the product quality rate of the companies that may help in boosting the Philippine’s economy. A lot more job opportunities may also open up to graduating students, which means it might help the job-seeking graduates to choose working in the Philippines that may help in increasing the country’s labor force participation rate.E. Scope and Delimitation The study will be conducted at the Good Shepherd Cathedral School from January to March SY: 2017- 2018. The STEM students of the GSCS will be the respondents of the study. This study will be delimited to measure only the effects of the profession of the parents of STEM students of GSCS in their career choices. The researchers will conduct a survey and an interview as to how the parent’s profession of STEM students of GSCS are related to their chosen career path.F. Definition of Terms• Academic Track – one of the tracks under grade 11 and 12 curriculum of DepEd that is for the students that will pursue college education, it is divided into four strands namely STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), ABM (Accounting and Business Management), HUMMS (Humanities and Social Science), and General Academic Strand• Alarming – causing people to feel danger or to be worried or frightened• Attitude – a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something• Career – a job or profession that someone does for a long time• Career Choice – the selection of a particular path or vocation in terms of career• Employee – a person working for wages or salary• Employer – a people or an organization that employs people• Option – something that can be chosen; a choice or possibility• Profession – a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and formal qualification• Respondent – a person who is supplying information for a survey or questionnaire• Study – a careful examination or analysis of a phenomenon, development, or question• Survey – to ask a question or series of questions to a group/s of people in order to gather information about what most people do or think about something• Under employment – the condition in which people in a labor force are employed at less than full-time or regular jobs or at jobs inadequate with respect to their training or economic needs

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