Evaluation of attitudes towards occupation choices along gender dimensions: a case of nurses in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
The study evaluated attitudes towards occupation choices along gender dimension in Tanzania. The study had the following specific objectives: to assess the environment that influences occupation choices along gender dimension, to assess effects of gender towards occupation choices, and to assess challenges faced by women in choosing their occupations. A sample of 112 respondents was selected from different sectors (public and private) situated in Ilala and Kinondoni Municipalities at Dar es Salaam city. Data were collected using questionnaires. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software was used for data analysis. Findings revealed that most employers recruit men in their organizations with fear from family responsibility or fearing from women becoming pregnant in the future, which may hinder work productivity. Secondly, finding showed that lack of confidence among women makes gender unbalances among males and females during occupation choices. Thirdly, findings demonstrated that most employers have negative attitudes towards a woman to become a leader. The study recommends that in order to make gender balances among males and females for occupation choices, employers need to consider and ignore all factors that may affect most women in future. Some training should also provide to help women during competitions for job seeking. In addition, working environments should be improved so as employees should stay for long duration within their current jobs.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF HF5382.5T34K58)
Vocational guidance, Occupation, choice of, Women, Nurses, Tanzania
Kiwelu, A. E. (2014). Evaluation of attitudes towards occupation choices along gender dimensions: a case of nurses in Tanzania. Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.