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Prioritising career guidance and development services in post-apartheid South Africa

Anthony L. Pillay
African Journal of Career Development | Vol 2, No 1 | a9 | DOI: | © 2020 Anthony L. Pillay | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 December 2019 | Published: 30 January 2020

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Anthony L. Pillay, Department of Behavioural Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Career guidance and development services must be viewed as a priority, especially given Africa’s history of colonisation and deprivation where people of colour were viewed essentially as manual labour. With decolonisation efforts and improved opportunities, the impact of poorly informed career decisions is a concern. This can be quite serious both individually and nationally, and attempts must be made to address this problem. Young people and their families affected by ill-conceived or absent career planning suffer economically and psychologically. Considering the global and local economic trends, job markets and youth unemployment, career guidance services must take cognisance of the transformed workspace to include the informal employment sector. Most importantly, career guidance services must be made available to all, and not just a select few.


career; guidance; counselling; student; work; employment.


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