Psychological career resources and subjective work experiences of working adults: an exploratory study

  • M Coetzee
  • ZC Bergh


The objective of this study was to determine the relationship
between the psychological career resources (as measured by the
Psychological Career Resources Inventory) and the subjective work
experiences of a sample of working adults (as measured by a fouritem
global work experiences scale). The research also aimed to
explore broad trends regarding how the participants diff ered on
these variables in terms of their socio-demographic characteristics
(marital status, educational level, age, gender and race). A sample
of 2 997 working adults, registered as students at a South African
higher distance education institution, participated in this study.
Stepwise regression analyses indicated dimensions of psychological
career resources as signifi cant predictors of the four subjective work
experiences: life satisfaction, job/career satisfaction, happiness
and perceptions of work as a valuable activity. The results further
indicated signifi cant diff erences between participants with regard
to their socio-demographic characteristics and their psychological
career resources and subjective work experiences. Considering that
the employment equity context in South Africa contributes to a more
diversifi ed workforce, the fi ndings add valuable new knowledge that
can be used to inform organisational career development practices
concerned with promoting experiences of psychological career

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eISSN: 1998-8125
print ISSN: 1561-896X