Original Research

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

Margaret M. Ngope, Melinde Coetzee
African Journal of Career Development | Vol 5, No 1 | a75 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajcd.v5i1.75 | © 2023 Margaret M. Ngope, Melinde Coetzee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 February 2023 | Published: 19 May 2023

About the author(s)

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

Abstract

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.


Keywords

career anchors; career orientations; career guidance; emerging young adults; university of technology students.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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