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Student Chosen for Corporate Consultancy Firm's Elite Programme

21 Sep, 2017

A Masters student in Population Studies in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Mr Jonathan Brady, was one of 20 successful applicants out of a total of 1000 nationally selected for international consultancy corporation BAIN & Company's Strategy Unlocked Programme.

Masters student Mr Jonathan Brady.

A Masters student in Population Studies in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Mr Jonathan Brady, was one of 20 successful applicants out of a total of 1000 nationally selected for international consultancy corporation BAIN & Company's Strategy Unlocked Programme. 

The programme provided an opportunity to work with BAIN consultants in skills-building workshops and interactive case studies to experience strategy consulting.

Brady was flown to Cape Town where he got intense exposure to the world of management consultancy and the BAIN way of approaching and solving client problems.

Four teams of five were created and tasked with solving a hypothetical case. Students from various study backgrounds - including actuarial science, finance, accounting and management - from universities across the country formed part of the select group.

‘Being one of the top three consultancy firms in league of the McKinsey and Boston Consultancy Group I was both shocked and honoured when I got the invite from their Johannesburg office,’ said Brady, the only candidate from UKZN. 

‘I felt I was representing Durban.  The selection process is very strict as applicants have to demonstrate a wide variety of skills, including general knowledge, history of team work and depth of research both in scholarly and personal work.’

Brady, who said he was grateful his supervisor Dr Gerard Boyce had encouraged him to apply, is completing his thesis examining the efficacy of online education for unemployed youth in the central Durban area.

Melissa Mungroo

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