Original Research

Navigating on the precursors of work readiness amongst students in Johannesburg, South Africa

Khensani Magagula, Eugine T. Maziriri, Musawenkosi D. Saurombe
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 46 | a1778 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v46i0.1778 | © 2020 Khensani Magagula, Eugine T. Maziriri, Musawenkosi D. Saurombe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 January 2020 | Published: 30 November 2020

About the author(s)

Khensani Magagula, Regenesys Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa
Eugine T. Maziriri, Department of Business Management, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Musawenkosi D. Saurombe, Department of Industrial Psychology, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


Orientation: Research has been conducted regarding work readiness in a various contexts. However, there are deficiencies in studies that have focused on the precursors of work readiness in an African context.

Research purpose: The primary objective of this study was to determine the impact of career self-efficacy (CSE), career exploration (CE) and self-perceived employability (SPE) on work readiness (WR) of students in the South African context, particularly in the Gauteng Province.

Motivation for the study: There is an unequivocal gap between what educational institutions teach as well as what the South African labour market requires, highlighting a misalignment and one of many reasons graduates struggle to find work.

Research approach/design and method: To close the research gap, the current study used a quantitative approach using the cross-sectional survey research design. A structured questionnaire was administered to 254 randomly selected students. The collected data were analysed using structural equation modelling.

Main findings: The hypotheses testing results revealed that the WR was influenced significantly and positively by CSE, CE and SPE.

Practical/managerial implications: The present research provides implications from which managers of institutions of higher learning can benefit. For instance, ensuring that experiential learning is involved in all the programmes. This will be more advantageous to students who would like to evaluate themselves to determine if they are work ready.

Contribution/value-add: This study adds fresh understanding regarding the precursors that stimulate work readiness among students in a South African context.


work readiness; career self-efficacy; career exploration; self-perceived employability; students.


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