This week we’re interviewing Leza Soldaat, Academic & Quality Manager of the Bachelor of Social Science at Boston

Leza Soldaat - Academic Quality Manager at Boston City CampusHello, My name is Leza Soldaat and I am the Academic & Quality Manager of the Bachelor of Social Science At Boston.

Social Science is an exciting field of study that helps us makes sense of the complex world we inhabit. In so doing, this field of study enables us to envision new possibilities for a better, more equitable human society. Boston’s Bachelor of Social Sciences develops students with the necessary critical thinking skills to become both agents of change and influencers within a wide range of industries on local, national and global stages. Students are exposed to the following subjects: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Administration and Economics and Management Sciences.

The purpose of the qualification is to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, theory and methodology of the important disciplines in sociology, anthropology and psychology to enable them to demonstrate initiative and responsibility in a professional or academic context where application of the principles and theory are emphasised as a basis for entry into the labour market, professional training, Postgraduate study, or professional practice in a wide range of careers within civil society, the public or private sectors.

The challenges facing Africa in the twenty-first century demands a new generation of graduates who will think in fresh and innovative ways about the common good as both an economically sustainable and socially viable objective. Prospective students who are energised by the many possibilities for making a difference in society will find the BSocSci intellectually stimulating and practically robust. With a deep understanding of human society and social relationships in all their complexity, graduates will be able to make sense of a range of critical topics as part of a broader conversation about improving the quality of life and economic viability.

The breadth and depth of learning achieved by graduates reflect a broad repertoire of skill- and knowledge-sets consisting of principles, theoretical engagement and levels of intellectual independence characteristic of a first Bachelor’s Degree within the Social Sciences and Humanities, facilitating access to the world of work and promotes critical and analytical citizenship. For a rapidly evolving and growing nation, this qualification forms part of the increase in the provision of graduates with higher order capabilities to grow the economy, to advance social transformation, and to remain regionally relevant and globally competitive.

The qualification also provides exciting career opportunities within Government Departments and NGO’s/NPO’s, Communications and Public Relations, Media and Advertising, Health Provision, Community Services, Consultancy Firms, Education and Management, for example:
• Research or Social Planning
• Market Research and Analysis
• Communication Practitioners
• Community Development Practitioner
• Civil Servant
• Political Official
• Policy Researcher
• Ethics And Governance Officer
• Activist, Special Interest Consultant or Lobbyist
• Junior Anthropologist
• Correctional Officer
• Public Relations Person
• Organisational or Human Resource Planner
• Gender Equality/Equity Consultant

The Bachelor of Social Science is a response to the critical and scarce skills demand lists published annually in South Africa wherein the demand for competent individuals who can: critically assess and present information in written and oral forms; structure and present logical arguments; analyse material and opinions; reach informed decisions; work autonomously and collaboratively; accept leadership for self and others; display organisational and programme/project management capabilities across all sectors in society. The current and future need for competent middle and senior level professionals has been expressed by employers and employees.

See www.boston.ac.za, call 011 551 2000.

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A Unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Options for a Changing World

A Unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Options for a Changing World

Looking for a  dramatic impact on your personalised career path with the inclusion of core commercial leadership skills that pave the way for higher management roles and thereby improving your employability? Read more here about the Boston PG Dip.

A Unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Options for a Changing WorldOn the 30th of May 2020, the world witnessed the successful collaboration between NASA and SpaceX that culminated in the docking of Dragon with the International Space Station nineteen hours after liftoff. At the same time, we are witnessing the fragmenting of our fragile society, not just in our backyard, but across the globe. The world, it seems, is spinning out of control. Whether we are high-fiving in celebration of the historically significant moment of SpaceX or mourning the equally significant impact of a global pandemic, we are witnessing a massive shift of global proportions.

As the tectonic plates of our global cultures move and shift, they give rise to new and unexplored worlds. In this time of change, we are invited to re-consider and re-imagine what kinds of skills will be required to lead a company or manage people. At Boston City Campus, we believe our Postgraduate Diploma in Management will offer the adventurous and commercially minded leader a rich foundation from which to navigate this ‘brave new’ and emerging world.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management is an NQF Level 8 qualification accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The qualification is geared towards developing intellectual and management capacity in such vital areas as operations and enterprise-wide risk management, corporate governance, global marketing, human capital and talent management, negotiation techniques, financial management, business research methods and quantitative skills.

Head of Institution, Dr Hendrik Botha, believes that “Management and industries across the spectrum are at a pivotal crossroads with the digitisation and intersection of the human-robotics interface of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Higher education must change how it designs programmes to navigate the disruption of a changing world of work. We maintain that the design of this qualification develops critical and creative thinking—two essential competencies for effectively steering and managing a business during an unprecedented crisis, and after.”

Cultivating capabilities in critical and creative thinking, the Postgraduate Diploma in Management recognises the importance of leadership development and seeks to contextualise business leadership and management styles within fluid contexts. Dr Botha notes further that the qualification is “set to develop the relevant advanced managerial skills needed to leverage the technologies of the digital era within our postgraduates, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), skills which become even more important as we move into remote working spaces.”

Boston’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management takes the current local and global contextual realities and challenges seriously. It offers students a significant space to think broadly and deeply about how to transform the workplace from a place of surviving to a place of thriving. Dr Botha maintains that “The Postgraduate Diploma in Management will offer students a penetrative and comprehensive understanding of the operational side of the business, especially for coping in turbulent times and with an emphasis on human development.” This comprehensive understanding is, according to Dr Botha, “underpinned by the development of strategic-general management and business acumen for effective and appropriate decision-making, as well as creative and critical thinking.” Students will be equipped with enabling competencies that will stand them in good stead locally, nationally and globally.

There remains a positive correlation between education level and obtaining employment. A postgraduate qualification such as Boston’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management puts you a step ahead of undergraduates.

Completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (NQF Level 8) will offer graduates interested in further study opportunities to enrol in a related Master’s programme (NQF Level 9) in the areas of commerce, general management, marketing management, or business administration. Dr Botha reminds us that “while graduates who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management are eligible for application to enrol in a Master’s programme at another higher education institution, the receiving institution will have its specific admission and selection criteria.”

A PG Dip is a serious investment in time and commitment. Invest one hour of your time right now and experience an unconventional approach to Postgraduate Management Education!

There are good reasons to consider the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, including:

  • A dramatic impact on your personalised career path with the inclusion of core commercial leadership skills that pave the way for higher management roles and thereby improving your employability;
  • The fluidity of present circumstances which amplifies the need for 4IR skills such as adaptability, creativity, complex problem solving, and flexibility all of which are developed during the Postgraduate Diploma in Management;
  • It provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in advanced business and management strategies to maintain a competitive edge;
  • It refines your strategic thinking, critical thinking and decision-making, which are essential for results-driven productivity, change management and navigating the complex world-of-work; and,
  • It builds confidence in conducting research and mastering academic as well as business report writing and presentation.

To find out more call 011 551 9000, email info@boston.co.za or visit www.boston.ac.za

With good training you can go from zero to hero in business

With good training, you can go from zero to hero in business

Do you want to run your own small business, but don’t quite know where to start?

Take the idea of your product or service, combine it with some learning and you can soon be turning your business ideas into profit, says Natalie Rabson of Boston City Campus.

“Starting and running a small business is regarded as one of the best solutions to the high unemployment figures worldwide,” she comments. “While this is a great idea but it must be combined with good training and skills, as well as guidance to be able to succeed in the small business arena. Fortunately, you can easily enroll for a course in small business, as you would in any other field of work.”

Natalie recommends three specific courses in the Boston stable of commerce qualifications to get going in a successful business.

“The first one that comes to mind is the Boston short learning program for the Small Business Owner,” she says. “It can be completed within 6-9  months and gives you the basic skills you need to start running your own business or run a business on behalf of someone else. In total it contains nine different modules that lead to 48 Higher Education credits on National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 5 and 14 credits on NQF Level 6.”

The programme includes interesting topics useful skills such as Windows; word processing; spreadsheets; business management techniques; principles of entrepreneurship; integrated marketing communication; and introduction to business accounting, which covers the basic principles and procedures of accounting.

Once you complete the course, you will be able to apply the principles of general management as well as human resource management to real business situations. The course also develops your entrepreneurial and project management skills.

Boston Students learning the skills of chocolate making at The Chocolate Den, (before Lockdown!)
Boston Students learning the skills of chocolate making at The Chocolate Den, (before Lockdown!)

“The whole focus of the small business owner short learning program is to give you the necessary skills that you can put into practice from day one as a small business owner,” says Natalie. “Identifying a great business opportunity or coming up with an innovative new product is only the beginning. To go from zero to hero in business, you need real business know-how and tenacity as we have seen in the case of our great businessmen like the late Sol Kerzner in hospitality, Richard Maponya in diversified business and Mark Shuttleworth in IT”. Kerzner didn’t invent hotels; they existed for ages before he appeared on the scene. But through hard work, business ingenuity, and creativity he took hotels and hospitality to another level.  With business acumen and practical skills, start-up businesses and part-time ways to earn money can be developed into sustainable businesses. The Chocolate Den situated in Edenvale is a small business that has slowly grown in various aspects such as service and online availability. During the Corona lockdown they have offered free online training in various skills that can be used to start your OWN small business! And the ‘tools’ required can be ordered online. Excellent adaptability to not only grow their own business, but assist others to create their own small home business that can be run from home. All you need are your small business owner skills.

The other qualifications that Natalie recommends for aspirant business-owners are the Higher Certificate in Business Management Practice and the Diploma in Business Management.

The Higher Certificate in Business Management is a Boston higher education program that can be completed in one year. It covers modules that include computer literacy, business management, entrepreneurship, socioeconomics, basic accounting, industrial psychology, company law, and business communication.

The Diploma in Business Management is a three-year course on NQF level 6. It covers similar modules as the other business qualifications mentioned but goes into greater depth and has additional modules such as brand management, applied research, applied psychology, and project management.

For more information and assistance in selecting the qualification that is best suited to your career dreams, go to www.boston.ac.za, or call 011-551 2000.