A Framework for Assessing and Developing Self-regulatory Positive Psychological Career Attributes for Sustained Employability

  • Melinde CoetzeeEmail author


The present chapter extends the positive psychology literature by positioning the concept of employability as a self-regulatory positive psychological construct that helps explain the agency-side (self-regulation) of individuals in navigating their career management within specific contexts. The chapter elaborates on positive psychological employability capabilities that are known to facilitate the self-empowering career behaviours necessary for the agility needed to proactively deal with the employment challenges posed by a more volatile employment context. The chapter further explores the utility of a measure of employability (i.e. the EAS—employability attributes scale 2.0: Coetzee, 2018) in helping individuals as prospective workers to craft sustainable work through raising an awareness of their employability attributes as important positive psychological resources in their career management. The chapter presents research results on the reliability and validity of the employability attributes scale, EAS 2.0, and outlines how the scale can be applied as a career counselling intervention framework for assessing individuals’ agency in managing their employability. The chapter proposes a structured employability counselling interview guide. Used jointly with the EAS 2.0, the interview guide serves as a positive psychological narrative mechanism in facilitating individuals’ capacity for sustaining their employability. Guidelines for career counselling intervention for self-regulated employability are outlined in the chapter.


Employability attributes Self-regulatory employability Positive psychological resources Employability attributes scale Employability attributes assessment and counselling Self-determination theory 


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  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Organisational PsychologyUniversity of South AfricaPretoria, GautengSouth Africa

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