Strategies of Managing Career Plateau among Secondary School Teachers in Imenti South District
The purpose of the study is to examine the strategies of managing career plateau among secondary school teachers In Imenti South District. The general objective of the study was to investigate strategies of managing career plateau among secondary school teachers in Imenti south district. The research design was descriptive survey because it required the respondents to describe the situation of the career plateau in their schools. Data collection was done mainly by use of questionnaire. The questionnaire was self administered. It had both open-ended questions to allow open thinking of the respondents and closed-ended questions to ensure that the respondents have answers relevant to the objectives. The data. was analyzed by use of descriptive statistics and frequencies determined. Presentations were done in form of tables for easier understanding. The findings were that Career guidance and mentoring affected the desires and intentions of the teachers to move upwards in their career. According to the data analyzed, 80% of the respondents said that mentoring and career guidance was conducted in the schools. The process of performance appraisal had a lot of impact and influence on the career of teaches. According to the analysis 39% of the respondent said that performance appraisal was conducted annually while 61% were not aware whether performance appraisal was actually conducted in schools. Job rotation was not well done as well as the enlargement as 83% of the respondents had worked in the same job group for up to five years. Many of the teachers were not satisfied as 85% of the respondents said that there was no scheme for motivation of the teachers The conclusion was that Involvement of other parties like consultants would be of crucial importance to the teachers as they would be enlightened on growth areas, Career plateau has been used as an antecedent to many undesirable work outcomes such as low satisfaction, high stress, poor performance and other withdrawal symptoms, thus career plateau leads to poor performance. Career plateau would lead to work stress, less job satisfaction, greater work alienation and greater intention to quit. These would affect the organizational performance and may lead to high degree of labor turnover stability of tenure in employment and upward movement enhances commitment and reduces labor turnover in organizations. Recommendations were that the school management should encourage for self-motivation and have prompt response to queries as well as have transparent systems, appreciating their efforts and encouraging teachers as well as comfort them when they are low. The school management and the TSC should be careful of what information they release to the media as researchers have indicated that the low status, poor remuneration, constant ridicule in public and the mass media. Challenges in teaching should be encouraged to avoid professional plateau; the point at which employees find their jobs unchallenging and they provide few opportunities for professional development and future employability. Finally Management should help employees cope up with plateau by providing opportunities for lateral growth when opportunities for upward advancement do not exist. liurther research should be done on how people who have moved out of teaching career have succeeded elsewhere, to show the effects of career changes, based on the findings of this research and the reviewed literature, further research should be conducted on the effects of job design on the career progress for teachers, and it was clear that the fate of many teachers was in the hands of the principals. This means that further research should be conducted to find out how the dependence on the principals' recommendation has contributed to the career development for teachers.