Original Research

The positive mutually reinforcing dynamics of career-adaptive attributes in career human agency

Melinde Coetzee, Headman N. Mbiko
African Journal of Career Development | Vol 5, No 1 | a71 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajcd.v5i1.71 | © 2023 Melinde Coetzee, Headman N. Mbiko | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 January 2023 | Published: 11 September 2023

About the author(s)

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

Abstract

Background: Empirical research on career-adaptive attributes that elucidate the dynamic interplay between resources of career self-reactiveness and career self-reflectiveness in career human agency theory (CHAT) is scant.

Objectives: The objective of the study was to assess the simultaneous interplay between constructs of career self-reactiveness (career adaptability, psychological capital, career agility) and constructs of career self-reflectiveness (career resilience and career satisfaction).

Methods: The cross-sectional canonical correlational design of the study involved a random sample of black African employees (N = 412) in a South African public service government organisation.

Results: Adaptive readiness, goal-directed adaptability and career forethought and intentionality in goal achievement emerged as four common synthetic themes that illustrated the mutually reinforcing dynamics among the study variables.

Conclusion: The reciprocal associations among the study variables offer promising support for career counselling interventions that apply the CHAT. The findings may guide the use of career assessments for career-adaptive behaviours that help cultivate career human agency.

Contribution: The study contributed to career development in the African context by enriching understanding of the role of individuals’ adaptive readiness, goal-directed adaptability, career forethought and career intentionality in agentic career goal achievement.


Keywords

career adaptability; career agility; career human agency; career resilience; career satisfaction; psychological capital.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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