Boston City Campus Is Training The Next Generation Of Leaders
At Boston, they advocate a holistic learning experience which prepares you for a wide range of opportunities. Their Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) ensures that you are well read in subjects as diverse as Strategic Management, Public Administration and Environmental Economics, as well as Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology.
Barack Obama’s first degree, after which he entered the workplace as a Community Organiser, was a Bachelor of Arts. One might agree that the man who is Head of State of America must have management savvy – which Obama has in great supply, despite never having completed a degree in management or commerce. Globally influential people are astute in their fields, and all value something much more than business acumen only. They understand “what people [and institutions and societies] want/need”.
Today’s socially conscious young person is attracted to employment that pays a good salary, but also to work that must mean something more than money-making – it must be purposeful. Yes, making money is the core tenet of capitalism but the truth is that the foundation of business relationships is the connection between people who close deals, the people who set up funding arrangements, the people who manage local and global projects.
Boston recognises that management is more than numbers on a ledger. We advocate a holistic learning experience which prepares you for a wide range of opportunities. Our Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) ensures that you are well read in subjects as diverse as Strategic Management, Public Administration and Environmental Economics, as well as Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology. To these core subjects we add Project Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methods because we understand that in the world today all employers need that spark of ingenuity and innovativeness in their employees, and that report writing has become vital as accountability to stakeholders remains key to most (if not all) projects.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is undeniably “here” . What computers can do today will only be magnified tomorrow, yet the skills the workplace values today are critical thinking, creativity and abstract problem solving. A purely business-focussed degree does not offer this type of skillset. Business transactions infer a human connection – be that in pitching a project, motivating for funding, or inspiring the public to get behind a socially just cause.
Scenario 1: the tech start-up you work for has patented a brand-new product but needs seed funding to get it off the ground. The tech guys can demonstrate how the product works, and the number guys can prove the financial viability – but only the BSocSci (you) can excite the funders with relatable and real-life situations, backed up by extensive market research.
Liaison is part of the broader need for communication in the world today. A BSocSci graduate will conduct research and write reports which serve as clear and accountable project updates. Numbers alone do not tell the full story.
Scenario 2: the board of your global not-for-profit agreed to allocate resources to assisting the fight against COVID-19 in South Africa. The members of the board range from Eastern business moguls to Western European hospitality giants. The board wants a report on which resources were allocated and how, and the relative effect of this deployment. The continued support of the organisation for desperate people in your own city depends on the clear legalities and ethics on which the assistance is based, the cultural nuances and understanding in the presentation of the report, the accuracy of the numbers you account for, and the translation of the wider social impact of the scheme for the diverse international audience.
Our BSocSci graduates are perfectly placed to understand the needs of people in society mixed with those in corporates. The BSocSci sees, understands, and can direct others to see the developing trend. Africa is ready for a new crop of leaders!
Chat to a training advisor on 011 551 2000 or visit www.boston.co.za for more info.
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