n South African Journal of Higher Education - Revitalising career counselling to foster career adaptability and resilience during change and turbulence : part 2

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The 21st century workplace, defined largely by the economic global meltdown in 2008, is characterised by fundamental change and turbulence at a time when 'the digital revolution produces jobless work' (Savickas 2011, 6). An appropriate response to this dire situation (including updating existing career theories and practice in career counselling) is needed from theorists, practitioners, and researchers in career counselling to help them meet the career counselling-related needs of their clients. A positive approach to career counselling is required to address the uncertainty, lack of permanence, feelings of despair, and the disappearance of a holding environment in the contemporary workplace. Hope must be rekindled in the hearts and minds of current and prospective employees, and decent work, which is defined as 'productive work in which rights are protected, which generates an adequate income with adequate social protection. It also means sufficient work in the sense that all should have access to income earning opportunities. It marks the high road to economic and social development, a road in which employment, income and social protection can be achieved without compromising workers' rights and sound standards' (Somavia 1999) must be found for all work seekers.

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