n South African Journal of Higher Education - Archetypal life themes, career orientations, and employability satisfaction of higher education students : a postmodern career counselling perspective

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The objective of the study was to explore the constructs archetypal life themes (measured by the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator), and career orientations (measured by the Career Orientations Inventory) from a postmodern career counselling perspective in facilitating students' employability satisfaction (measured by a single item scale). A random sample of 270 predominantly black and female distance learning undergraduate students (meanage = 32) employed in the service industry participated in the survey. Correlational statistics revealed statistically significant relationships between the participants' currentactive archetypal life themes, their dominant career orientations and employability satisfaction. The value of the findings lies in the explanatory utility of the identifiedempirical relationships between the three variables in postmodern constructivist and narrative career counselling approaches interested in combining facets of quantitative with qualitative assessments.

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