Case Study

A life design-related career development intervention for working adults in the manufacturing, engineering and related sectors

Nicola Taylor, Chris Beukes
African Journal of Career Development | Vol 1, No 1 | a2 | DOI: | © 2019 Nicola Taylor, Chris Beukes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 May 2019 | Published: 13 June 2019

About the author(s)

Nicola Taylor, Centre of Research Excellence, JvR Psychometrics, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris Beukes, South African Career Development Association, Pretoria, South Africa


This study examined the potential usefulness of a life design-related career development intervention to enhance the career adaptability of working adults in a business sector most likely to be disrupted by technology and robotics. Participants were employed at a manufacturing workshop in a South African correctional centre. A mixed-methods intervention study design was implemented. The participants completed a number of career-based assessments during the intervention. The results indicated that the participants were well prepared to face the career challenges presented by Industry 4.0 and that the intervention shows promise in improving career adaptability in working adults. More longitudinal research with diverse participants is needed.


Group career construction counselling; mixed-methods intervention study; integrated qualitative–quantitative approach; Career Interest Profile; Maree Career Matrix; Career Adapt-Abilities Scale; Self Education Employability Device.


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