Advancing career counselling research and practice using a novel quantitative+qualitative approach to elicit clients’ advice from within

  • J.G. Maree University of Pretoria Groenkloof Campus Pretoria 0001


This article reports on the results of providing career counselling to a purposefully selected first-year university student experiencing career indecision. An integrated approach based on qualitative and quantitative techniques was used to engage the student (the research participant) in conversations, reflections and meta-reflections on how to find meaning and purpose in his current studies and also in his future career-life. An intrinsic, single-case study involving a purposefully selected participant and the use of two newly developed instruments was undertaken to demonstrate the practical implementation of the new approach. The intervention helped the participant identify his career-life themes and later choose a field of study that would enable him to fit work into his life, design and live a successful life and make meaningful social contributions. Future research should investigate the longitudinal value of the approach and its use in group contexts.

Author Biography

J.G. Maree, University of Pretoria Groenkloof Campus Pretoria 0001


Dept of Educational Psychology

faculty of Education

How to Cite
Maree, J.G. 2020. “Advancing Career Counselling Research and Practice Using a Novel quantitative+qualitative Approach to Elicit clients’ Advice from Within”. South African Journal of Higher Education 32 (4), 149-70.
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