CONSULTING: Conference To Put Consulting On The Map
Recent Western Cape Business News
The newly formed Consulting Club at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is looking to make a name for itself with its first annual Consulting Conference to be held in September. A first of its kind in the country, they invite undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as professionally qualified individuals interested in consulting as a career to take part. Applications are also open for industry to get involved in the career expo that will form part of the event.
The conference, to be held on 4 September in Cape Town and 7 September in Johannesburg, will feature a plethora of prominent speakers and major international firms who will provide new insights into how consulting is evolving in terms of technology, media and innovation, as well as the impact the industry has had and the role of women. The theme of the conference is, “what the future holds”.
According to career services manager at the UCT GSB, Morea Josias, the conference will entail a number of workshops as well as a career expo and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking among individuals and major international firms.
“This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about consulting as an industry and as a career path. It is also a chance to connect the major consulting players in the industry with people interested in consulting as a career,” said Josias.
According to Zaheera Soomar, chairperson of the Consulting Club at the school, consulting as a career path only started growing over the past few years in the country and therefore awareness about it is pivotal.
“It’s very important that we start the right conversations about the fledgling industry in South Africa; that we discuss and identify the trends and the challenges, sharing ways to make the best out of opportunities while overcoming obstacles,” said Soomar. Soomar started the Consulting Club at the GSB last year.
The conference is targeted at students and alumni from all the main campuses and business school campuses across South Africa. There is expected to be up to 500 attendants, at each conference, and a further 150 places will be made available for others from the industry who are interested in attending.
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