Archetypal values of science and engineering staff in relation to their career orientations

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

Field Value
Title Archetypal values of science and engineering staff in relation to their career orientations
Creator du Toit, Didi-Mari Coetzee, Melinde
Subject career development archetypal values; adult development; career anchors; career orientations; life themes
Description Orientation: Career decision-making in the 21st century is increasingly guided by the individuals’ deep-seated values and career orientations, as they are required to become proactive career agents in the pursuit of their career.Research purpose: The objective of the study was to explore the relationship between individuals’ archetypal values (measured by the Pearson–Marr Archetype Indicator) and career orientations (measured by the Career Orientations Inventory). The study also assessed the differences between race, gender, marital status, employment status and age groups regarding the archetypal values and career orientations of the individuals.Motivation for study: Career counsellors and industrial psychologists are increasingly required to explore new career guidance frameworks that are relevant and appropriate to the evolving nature of careers.Research design, approach and method: A quantitative survey was conducted. A non-probability sample of 207 voluntary participants employed within the science and engineering sector was obtained.Main findings: Correlational analyses revealed that the participants’ archetypal values related significantly to their career orientations. The various biographical groups differed significantly regarding their archetypal values and career orientations.Practical/managerial implications: The findings highlight the importance of understanding the deep-seated archetypal values that seem to explain the individuals’ career choices and decisions, and how these values differ regarding these choices and decisions.Contribution/value-add: The explanatory utility of the results may prove useful to enhance the individuals’ self-insight in their career choices and experiences. This study represents original research that contributes new knowledge to the field of career psychology and career counselling practices.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2012-04-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajip.v38i1.955
Source SA Journal of Industrial Psychology; Vol 38, No 1 (2012); 14 pages 2071-0763 0258-5200
Language eng
Coverage Gauteng, South Africa 21st century world of work early career stage 26-40 years, males & females,Blacks and White people
Rights Copyright (c) 2012 Didi-Mari du Toit, Melinde Coetzee