Facets of career agility as explanatory mechanisms of employees’ career adaptability

African Journal of Career Development

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Title Facets of career agility as explanatory mechanisms of employees’ career adaptability
Creator Coetzee, Melinde Bester, Marais S. Ferreira, Nadia Potgieter, Ingrid L.
Subject Career psychology, world of work, Industry 4.0 adaptivity; adaptive readiness; career adaptability; career agility; technological adaptivity; agile learning; career navigation; broaden-and-build theory.
Description Background: The fast-changing Industry 4.0 employment conditions require employees to be highly adaptable and resilient in their career self-management. More insight is needed regarding the manner in which facets of career agility (as indicators of adaptive readiness) explain the activation of career adaptability (as an indicator of self-regulated career management resources that help employees proactively respond to the demands of the modern-day technological-driven work context).Objectives: The study explored the career agility facets of technological adaptivity, agile learning, and career navigation as potential explanatory mechanisms of individuals’ career adaptability.Method: The study utilised a cross-sectional research design which involved a convenience sample (N = 177) of employees (mean age = 34 years; SD = 10.14) from various industries on managerial (39%), staff (38%), and professional consultant (23%) level positions across the globe. The sample was mostly represented by individuals employed in the South African organisational context (72%).Results: Multiple regression analyses revealed that technological adaptivity, agile learning and career navigation function as facets of adaptive readiness that explain higher levels of the career adaptability resources embedded in individuals’ career concern, career control, career curiosity, and career confidence.Conclusion: The findings contribute new insights into the construct of career agility and extends research on antecedents of career adaptability. Modern-day career counselling practice may find the results useful in helping clients be nimble in their adaptation to the changing career and job conditions of the digital era.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-05-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajcd.v2i1.11
Source African Journal of Career Development; Vol 2, No 1 (2020); 7 pages 2617-7471 2709-7420
Language eng
Relation https://ajcd.africa/index.php/ajcd/article/view/11/67 https://ajcd.africa/index.php/ajcd/article/view/11/66 https://ajcd.africa/index.php/ajcd/article/view/11/68 https://ajcd.africa/index.php/ajcd/article/view/11/65
Coverage Global, South Africa 21st century world of work male female caucasian African, Asian, coloured, early career
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Melinde Coetzee, Marais S. Bester, Nadia Ferreira, Ingrid L. Potgieter https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0