Determinants of career development self-efficacy: The role of self-directed learning among students at a rural campus in South Africa

Keywords: self-management, self-directed learning, desire for learning, self-control, career development selfefficacy


We explored the determinants of student career development self-efficacy. The concept of career development self-efficacy is argued as an important precursor in the making of career decisions. Calls exist in the literature for studies that explore further the concept of career development self-efficacy, especially using neglected sample groups bearing in mind not just issues of their location but also material conditions on the ground. In this study, we narrowed the focus and were guided by the literature on three potential variables, namely a) self-management, b) desire for learning, and c) self-control, and we sought to ascertain how these influence student career development self-efficacy. We incorporated a quantitative research approach hinging on the survey research design using a convenience sample of 150 students enrolled at a rural campus located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. We found all three potential variables to be having an influence on career development self-efficacy. We therefore argue (based on the findings of the research) for interventions that assist the students as well as those working within institutions of higher learning in seeking to develop not only competencies but also an environment in which career development self-efficacy thrives.

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