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Why tomorrows graduates should study Social Sciences

Everybody I know has stories about how they or people they care about have been treated badly at work.

I am sure that every person reading this has their own stories of people not being treated like people. At the same time, good companies are starting to learn that treating their staff well is good for business. These companies are realising that their most valuable resource really is a workforce that is respected, happy and engaged.

The problem for businesses is that many of the courses that train people to understand how a business works, don't train them to understand how people work. There are communication problems that result in misinformation, disrespect, breakdown of staff morale, and a whole range of other issues that every employer and employee knows will lead to reduced business success. Well-intentioned business owners make decisions that cause unhappiness in their teams. Executives make “good business decisions”, forgetting to think about how choices will affect the daily lives of their employees.

This is just one area where companies are turning more and more to the Social Sciences for help. Anthropologists, sociologists, and psychologists are able to help companies understand their people. Why is our company culture the way it is? How do I connect with these people who seem so different from me? What actually motivates my staff? Why does it feel like there is some invisible force working against me? All of these are questions that the Social Sciences are geared to answer, and problems that they are geared to solve.

What makes a Bachelor of Social Sciences even more appealing is that it can be specially tailored to include business and management subjects. Students at Boston can take Psychology and Sociology alongside Public Administration, Business Management, and Leadership Ethics and Governance. We know that organizational goals are critically important and we also know that understanding and care for people within the organization is important for that success.

The value of the social sciences can be seen in examples of people like Mark Zuckerberg who studied Psychology and Computer Science before starting Facebook and Patrice Motsephe and Nicky Oppenheimer, two of South Africa’s richest men who studied within the social sciences.

Our graduates will be perfectly positioned for the workplace of 2022. Jobs are always changing, and new jobs are always being created. Many of the posts that our graduates will fill in 2022 do not yet exist in 2019. The World Economic Forum has predicted that by 2022 there will be more jobs available, but that the work will be different. Their report flags Social Science skills as some of the key trending job skills of 2022.

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Holistic thinking perspective
  • Research skills
  • Writing skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • People management skills

The list above is exactly what we at Boston would expect of successful Social Sciences graduates. If the World Economic Forum is correct about 2022 and beyond, then a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Boston really is the degree for graduates of 2022 and beyond.

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