Francois Malherbe started his career studying Industrial Psychology as well as Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch. With many questions in his heart regarding his career, instead of pursuing a corporate direction he bought a ticket to Paris and sailed the Mediterranean for a year to plan his next step.
He then went on to become the cofounder of ‘An Unravelling Exploration’ based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
‘An Unravelling Exploration’ is a cause-based organisation which aims to explore and communicate the gaps and barriers in the current education system by documenting and explorative journalism, as well as taking groups on experiential trips to the rural parts of the Eastern Cape and neighbouring countries like Mozambique. They attempt to answer some of these needs by means of culture-specific workshops in schools and communities, focusing on self and career exploration.
Francois speaks, blogs, writes articles and is a vocational coach in the field of self and career exploration. He has been involved with communities in many parts of Africa, and has been a coach at Legacy Community Development in Kayamandi for the last four years. Francois has led expeditions with students into Africa since 2006, and has covered more that 100 000 km’s worth of travelling though Africa whilst facilitating self and career exploration. He was a speaker at the African Education Week held in Sandton, June 2013, and has done numerous radio interviews on these matters as well.
He is also enrolled in a coaching programme at the University of Stellenbosch business school to further his methodology on social innovation through vocational freedom.
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Amanda van der Vyver acts as ‘An Unravelling Exploration’s’ co-explorer and Educational Psychologist.
Since October 2009, Amanda has been a practicing Educational Psychologist with a great interest in, and passion for career development and guidance. After matriculating at Table View High School and completing a Bachelors degree in Science and an Honours degree in Psychology at Stellenbosch University, she continued to explore her interest in Psychology by enrolling in a Masters programme within this field of study. This programme gave her the opportunity to conduct her first research project focusing on career development within a Stellenbosch farming community. She was then introduced to the field of Educational Psychology, which she pursued by completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at UNISA, and after that, completing a Masters degree in Educational Psychology, again at Stellenbosch University.
Within the research project for her Masters dissertation, she investigated the meaning that Grade 12 learners attach to the factors that influence their initial career decision.
Amanda is currently involved at the Centre for Prospective Students, Stellenbosch University where career– and subject choice assessments and guidance are conducted with Gr 9, 11 and 12 learners. She is managing the Career Development Programme of the The Make a Difference Foundation, an educational charity supporting academically strong, but financially challenged learners and students, while starting to set up her own practice, focusing on career-related workshops and assessments. In 2011 she costarted ‘An Unravelling Exploration.’