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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Nkambule, Temnotfo Lenhle Cartland
Email tlcnka@yahoo.co.uk
URN etd-12202011-115834
Document Title The career adaptability of a young Swazi woman
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof J G Maree Supervisor
  • developing countries
  • career adaptability
  • gender differences
  • gender stereotypes
  • life design
  • young women
Date 2011-09-05
Availability unrestricted
In this study the researcher explores the career adaptability needs of a young woman in Swaziland. The study is driven by the work of Hackett and Betz (1981) and the Career Counselling Approach of Savickas (1993, 1997, & 2009). Hackett and Betz (1981) postulate that women’s career development is hindered largely as a result of socialization experiences. A number of academics and practitioners assert that career adaptability is a key competency for career success (Hartung; Hirschi, 2009; O’Connell, McNeely & Hall 2008), hence the focus in this study on career adaptability through a qualitative research approach employing a case study design. In a bid to yield an up to date and inclusive personality and career profile of the participant, the following data collection techniques were utilised: Career Adaptability Questionnaire, career-story interview, semi-structured follow-up interviews, Rothwell-Miller Interest Blank, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Career Interest Profile, Values Scales, observations and a researcher journal. The results were then be analysed and interpreted quantitatively and QUALITATIVELY.

Swaziland has established her own rules based on widely accepted and held values, beliefs and meanings (Daly, 2001). These views, beliefs and meanings have a strong influence on women’s place in society and in the workplace. In fact, a number of interrelated factors influence the way in which Swazi women are treated in Swaziland. Given this long-standing heritage, Swazi society has become accustomed to male control and decision making over family, traditional and societal issues (Daly, 2001). The research includes recommendations for career counselling practice and training as well as research and policy development appropriate to the cultural context of Swaziland that in many respects typifies most developing Africa countries.

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Please cite as follows:

Nkambule, TLC 2010, The career adaptability of a young Swazi woman, MEd mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-12202011-115834 / >


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