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Psychological career resources as predictors of working adults’ career anchors: An exploratory study

Melinde Coetzee, Dries Schreuder
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 35, No 1 | a833 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v35i1.833 | © 2009 Melinde Coetzee, Dries Schreuder | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 May 2009 | Published: 30 July 2009

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Melinde Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa
Dries Schreuder, Professor Dept I/O Psychology UNISA, South Africa

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This study explored the relationship between the psychological career resources and career anchors of a sample of 2 997 working adults at predominantly managerial and supervisory levels in the service industry. The Psychological Career Resources Inventory and the Career Orientations Inventory were applied. Stepwise regression analyses indicated dimensions of psychological career resources as significant predictors of  participants’ career anchors. The findings add valuable new knowledge that can be used to inform organisational career development support practices as well as career counselling and guidance services concerned with promoting individuals’ employability and experiences of intrinsic career success.


career anchors; career drivers; career preferences; career values; psychological career resources


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