Join Port Elizabeth and MyPE in congratulating Mover and Shaker, Prof Mark Watson from NMMU:
For more than a decade, psychology professor Mark Watson has studied the changing career aspirations and occupational knowledge of 45 children – following them from Grade R to Grade 12 – in an attempt to understand why young people sometimes make the wrong career choices.
His work has led to a valuable career assessment tool, My Systems of Career Influences (MSCI), which helps pupils realistically identify career options. The tool, which has been translated for use overseas, has proven especially effective when used among black adolescents (from varying socio-economic backgrounds) in South Africa. It has also been adapted for adults and successfully trialed in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom with some success.
Prof Watson is a research associate of The Institute of Employment Research at The University or Warwick and has been an adjunct professor at three Australian universities.
Professor Watson was honoured at a special event at the university on the evening of 5 November 2012 as a Distinguished Professor, and will maintain the special title for at least five years.
For the first time in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s history, five professors were recognised as Distinguished Professors in recognition of the significant contribution they have made within their field and to the university.
The five Distinguished Professors, selected by a screening committee, are; Mark Watson (psychology), Richard Cowling (botany), Rossouw von Solms (information technology), Bert Olivier (philosophy) and Danie Hattingh (automotive engineering).
Submitted by: Debbie Derry on behalf of NMMU.
Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2012/11/prof-mark-watson/