The Company Director, Col McCowan OAM, is a registered psychologist, educator and counsellor who has extensive experience working with individuals, systems and countries in secondary and tertiary education fields, in governments at strategic and policy levels, and as a consultant / project manager.
He is a member of five relevant professional associations (including 2 life memberships) a Fellow of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) and an International Fellow of the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling(UK). He is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Career Development.
He has authored and co-authored a number of publications including’ Working the Web: Career planning via the Internet.’ and the most recent one listed below. Research interests include generational study, adolescent decision making, fourth generation evaluation, quality assurance standards of service delivery and analysing destination and outcome data. As an academic, his areas of specialisation were adolescent psychology and career education and counselling.
He has been manager of nationally award winning services ranging in size from 2 staff to in excess of 500 staff. He has also been responsible for Units in training and development, assessment, resource development, career information, international students, and career counselling, guidance and employment. He has worked at principal policy officer level for a State government, represented Australian career practitioners at three international symposia on Public Policy and has been the convenor of over 25 national and international conferences.
Col presents at conferences including winning best practice papers. He won the Hobson’s National Award for Excellence in Career Counselling and in 2007 was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the career industry in Australia.
He has worked as a consultant for organisations such as UNESCO, UNDP, ADB and AusAID for the governments of Mongolia, Bhutan and Oman, delivered services in Thailand and India and worked extensively in Vietnam for schools, universities and in collaboration with the social enterprise, Song An
Much of his work is documented in the book Introducing Career Education and Development: A guide for personnel working in educational institutions in both developed and developing countries, which is available as a book and soon to be an ebook.
His most recent research has resulted in the production of the suite of four Career Education and Development Scales (CEDS) which are also available.
His personal interests revolve around his three children and grand children and being an avid art collector, landscape gardener, author, family historian, and sports fanatic, He was a very successful captain of a premiership winning cricket team for five successive years.
Malcolm McKenzie is a consultant with Cromach Careers. He has had over 30 years experience working in the areas of career education and career development with secondary and tertiary students. He has worked as an educator, trainer and counsellor.
Until recently he was the Manager of a major metropolitan University Careers Service in Sydney. Previously, he has worked as a consultant to secondary schools, coordinated the training of careers advisers in NSW secondary schools and has taught in a tertiary institution. He was a Director of Graduate Careers Australia.
He has had a number of journal articles published and is the co-author of three books on career development. He is a regular presenter at careers conferences and to stakeholder groups.
Malcolm holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the UNSW. He is a keen traveller, regularly cycles and bushwalks and enjoys “butting heads” with Col over any NSW versus Queensland sporting contests.