This article reports on the change in the career adaptability of participants
exposed to an intervention programme characterized by career and selfconstruction
principles compared to the change in participants who
participated in standard, traditional career counselling lessons. Convenience
and purposive sampling were used to select two groups (experimental
and comparison of Grade 11 learners). Intervention occurred in both
experimental groups. A mixed methods, quasi-experimental, pre-test/posttest
comparison group design was used to gather data. Pre- and post-test
scores obtained on the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) were analysed.
The quantitative results suggested that the intervention programme did not
improve participants’ career adaptability compared to standard, traditional
career counselling lessons as measured by the CAAS. Future research should
include the use of measures of self-reflection and meaning-making to test
the direct effects of experimental interventions.