Original Research

Psychological states of career wellbeing and affective commitment as predictors of dual career agility types

Melinde Coetzee
African Journal of Career Development | Vol 3, No 1 | a47 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajcd.v3i1.47 | © 2021 Melinde Coetzee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 October 2021 | Published: 17 December 2021

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Melinde Coetzee, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


Background: There is limited empirical research on the construct of career agility and the relevance of dual career agility types in the technological-driven workplace.

Objective: This study aimed to adopt a person-centred approach in assessing the link between dual career agility types and individuals’ psychological states of career wellbeing and affective commitment.

Method: The cross-sectional survey involved a sample of (n = 298) managers (71%) and staff (29%) employed in the human resource and financial services industry. The sample comprised of men (54%), women (46%), including black people (62%) and white people (38%) with a mean age of 38.58 years.

Results: The results provided deeper insight into the psychological states of career wellbeing and affective commitment that accounted for the personally-autonomous motives that are embedded in the three dual career agility types.

Conclusion: The findings brought a more holistic understanding of the nature of person-centred career agility motives and the psychological states that elucidate these motives. The findings bring new insights that might foster optimal career development and employees’ adaptation to the post-COVID pandemic digital era workplace.


career agility; dual career agility types; career wellbeing; affective commitment; autonomous motives


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