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Using the career orientations inventory (COI) for measuring internal career orientations in the South African organisational context

Melinde Coetzee, Dries Schreuder

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology; Vol 35, No 1 (2009), 13 pages. doi: 10.4102/sajip.v35i1.806

Submitted: 02 February 2009
Published:  23 July 2009


This study investigated the use of the Career Orientations Inventory as a measure to determine the career orientations of a random sample of 2 978 participants at predominantly managerial and supervisory level in the service industry. Whereas an exploratory factor analysis yielded a nine-factor structure, a confirmatory factor analysis confirmed five constructs as measures of the career orientations domain. A similar factorial pattern was observed across the African and white groups and a weaker factorial pattern across the Indian and coloured groups. The findings of this study contribute valuable new knowledge to both the practice and the field of Career Psychology.

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Melinde Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa
Dries Schreuder, University of South Africa, South Africa


autonomy/independence; career anchors; career orientations; entrepreneurial creativity; technical/ functional competence


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