The relationship between personality traits and perceived career barriers amongst young adults in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Karina de Bruin; Mr. Pieter Basson en_US
dc.contributor.author Yates, Duncan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-28T06:30:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-28T06:30:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-28
dc.date.submitted 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4435
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract Young adults who are entering the world of work are facing increasing challenges, resulting in elevated levels of employment uncertainty and anxiety. Many of these challenges are due to the continuously changing work environment, which is buffeted by the socio-political and economic climate - both in and outside South Africa. Other challenges could be related to factors such as lack of confidence, decision making difficulties, dissatisfaction with career choice and difficulties with social networking. As a result of such challenges young adults may perceive career barriers that would have an impact on their career development. These challenges could be influenced by an individual’s personality traits. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the career barriers most perceived by young adults. The study also aimed to assess whether any relationship exists between personality traits and perceived career barriers. The sample consisted of 193 participants from two universities in South Africa. Each participant completed a biographical data questionnaire, the Basic Traits Inventory- Short Form and the Career Barriers Inventory-Revised. The three highest standardised mean scores for the perceived career barrier scales were Racial Discrimination (M = 4.90), Dissatisfaction with Career (M = 4.56) and Sex Discrimination (M = 4.49). Examination of the individual personality traits in relation to perceived career barriers was done through the use of Pearson’s product-moment correlations. Extroversion yielded statistically significant negative correlations with the following perceived career barriers: Decision–Making Difficulties (r = -0.241; p < 0.01) and Inadequate Preparation (r = -0.149; p < 0.05). Conscientiousness showed a statistically significant positive relationship with Sex Discrimination (r = 0.274; p < 0.01). The results also indicated a statistically significant positive correlation between Agreeableness and Job Market Constraints (r = 0.166; p < 0.05). This study has implications for career guidance counsellors in their endeavours to provide a comprehensive service to young adults who have difficulties overcoming perceived career barriers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Personality en_US
dc.subject Vocational guidance en_US
dc.subject Career development en_US
dc.subject Young adults conduct of life en_US
dc.subject Young adults life skills guide en_US
dc.subject Young adults employment en_US
dc.title The relationship between personality traits and perceived career barriers amongst young adults in South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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