Internal career orientations guidance for emerging adults in a university of technology

African Journal of Career Development

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Title Internal career orientations guidance for emerging adults in a university of technology
Creator Ngope, Margaret M. Coetzee, Melinde
Subject career psychology, industrial/organisational psychology career anchors; career orientations; career guidance; emerging young adults; university of technology students.
Description Background: Schein’s career orientations inventory (COI) is known to help undergraduate emerging adults develop deeper insight into the master career values that drive study and career choices.Objectives: The study’s objective was to assess the inner career orientations of young emerging adults in a university of technology setting.Method: The study had a cross-sectional design and involved a random sample (N = 368) of black African university of technology students (mean age = 20.76 years) enrolled for further studies at the Faculty of Humanities. An exploratory factor analysis of the COI was applied.Results: Four inner career orientations emerged labelled as security and stability (highest mean score), specialised creativity and problem solving (second highest mean score), entrepreneurship (third highest mean score), and general managerial autonomy (lowest mean score).Conclusion: The findings of this study highlight the importance of uncovering the inner career orientations denoted by the career anchor factor structure of the COI for young emerging adults in a specific setting to ensure relevant and useful career guidance.Contribution: The study contributed to career guidance in the African context by providing new insights into the inner career orientations of black African emerging adults.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2023-05-19
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.v5i1.75
Source African Journal of Career Development; Vol 5, No 1 (2023); 7 pages 2617-7471 2709-7420
Language eng
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Coverage Gauteng South Africa 2020s world of work Age, gender, race
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Margaret M. Ngope, Melinde Coetzee