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Life design counselling effects on the career adaptability of learners in a selective independent school setting

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 25, issue 3, 2015 , pages: 262–269
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1065076
Author(s): Jacobus G. MareeFaculty of Education, South Africa, Claire SymingtonFaculty of Education, South Africa

Abstract

This collective case study applied life design counselling to augment the career adaptability of learners in a South African independent school setting. Five purposively selected learners attending Grade 11 (age range: 16–18) completed eight group-based life design counselling sessions. Data on their career adaptability pre- and post-intervention were gathered from sessional notes. The data were thematically analysed. Following the intervention the participants displayed improved career adaptability as evidenced by their demonstrated efforts to address aspects related to career concern, control, curiosity and confidence. Life design counselling appeared to have a positive effect on the career adaptability of learners in an independent school setting.

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