International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Career Choices of University Students in Tanzania and Their Implications for Vision 2025
Gasper Mpehongwa

This paper analyzed trends in career choices among university students in Tanzania and compared the same with national priorities as stipulated in the national development vision 2025. Documentary review was used for data collection and analysis. Results show that although there is the marked increase in higher education enrollments, majority of the students opt for career in arts and humanities. Ironically, the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 identifies science and technology as pillars of innovation and competitiveness. The paper argues that skills mismatch with the vision may prevent the country from attaining a competitive knowledge economy. It recommends that incentives offered to science students at tertiary education should be extended to secondary education where students make critical career decisions.

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