Professor of Education has a Dream for South Africa

Professor J.G. Maree from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria, recently conducted a career counseling workshop with ten Good Work Foundation (GWF) students at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC).

“Citizens serving their communities and countries with skills and values,” is GWF’s Absa Bridging Academy vision, which underpinned the professor’s guidelines for the young rural students who dream of one day pursuing careers that are parallel to their abilities.

Professor Maree developed the Career Interest Profile (CIP) form, intended to help young people discover careers suitable for their likes and abilities. During the workshop, the Professor gave the students the CIP form wherein they answered questions of interest and abilities about themselves. At the end, the Professor uses the outcome from the answers given to help facilitate which career path each individual would most likely want to pursue.

“The career planning programme is a core part of GWF’s Bridging Academy. Professor Maree’s inspirational work with us confirmed the need to address career planning with every student who passes through a GWG Bridging Academy course,” said GWF Skills and Development Coordinator Mo Groch.

In this session, the students learned about self-exploration in the careers that they are most interested in. Professor Maree says “Everyone has a painful story to share and if one finds a career that they are more passionate about, they are able to heal others and at the same time heal themselves.”

The Professor is well known worldwide for his books, research and publications, and most importantly for passion for education. He has been educating young people from rural communities on how to find out who they are through their careers. His main focus is career counselling and life designing for young people.

Professor Maree came to Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) because he believes in what GWF’s mission to challenge What we learn, How we learn and Who has access to that learning. The Professor also believes in changing lives through education and giving back to other people.

“Everyone has a painful story to share and if one finds a career that they are more passionate about, they are able to heal others and at the same time heal themselves.”

“Everyone has a painful story to share and if one finds a career that they are more passionate about, they are able to heal others and at the same time heal themselves,” said Professor Maree during the workshop with GWF students.

“The career planning programme is a core part of GWF’s Bridging Academy. Professor Maree’s inspirational work with us confirmed the need to address career planning with every student who passes through a GWG Bridging Academy course,” said GWF Skills and Development Coordinator Mo Groch.

“The career planning programme is a core part of GWF’s Bridging Academy. Professor Maree’s inspirational work with us confirmed the need to address career planning with every student who passes through a GWG Bridging Academy course,” said GWF Skills and Development Coordinator Mo Groch.

The students fill in the CIP form, clearly outlining their interest to assist the Profesor in helping the students make career paths that are parallel to their interests and abilities.

The students fill in the CIP form, clearly outlining their interest to assist the Profesor in helping the students make career paths that are parallel to their interests and abilities.

 

Written by: GWF Media Intern Mfumo Thobela.

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