Invest in the future with a Boston degree

2019-07-31 06:00

Everyone has a story of how they, or people they care about, have been treated badly at work.

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 is a workforce that is respected, happy and engaged.

Many of the courses that train people to understand how a business works, however, don’t train them to understand how people work.

Communication problems result in misinformation, disrespect and breakdown of staff morale. Every employer knows that these, and a whole range of other issues, can lead to reduced business success.

Even well-intentioned business owners sometimes 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 in which 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 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.

Because understanding and caring for people within the organisation is crucial to success, Boston places great emphasis on organisational goals are critically important.

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.

Boston 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 the graduates will fill in 2022, do not yet exist in 2019. The World Economic Forum has predicted that more jobs will be available by 2022, but that the work will be different.

The report flags these 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; and
  • people management skills.

This list is exactly what will be expected of Boston’s successful social sciences graduates.

If the World Economic Forum is correct about 2022 and beyond, then a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Boston is the ideal degree for graduates of 2022 and beyond.

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