I want to become an entrepreneur but I don’t know what kind of business field I want to be involved in or where to start. Will you please help me in that regard? I also want to study social work because I love helping people and I want to be involved in aiding people with the many social ills that we have in our society such as drug abuse, living with HIV, poverty stricken homes etc but I want to work in line with what I will be studying. I have been told that I should look into being a care-giver but I don’t know where to look for such work, please help me.
When most people look at the fields of Entrepreneurship and Social Work they may think that they are far apart.
But Social Entrepreneurs are people who use entrepreneurial solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.
Social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution and persuading entire societies to move in different directions.
What these careers have in common is the need for money to allow them to achieve goals. So the best training for an Entrepreneur is a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). The first year of a BCom is very wide-ranging and exposes a student to all the functions an organisation needs, but particularly financial. In the second year one can specialise in one aspect. For a good overview of the BCom options go to FAQ on the left here, and look for the article I want to do a BCom but do I really need mathematics and where can I study it.
Social Entrepreneurs identify a social need close to their heart: you mention HIV Aids and Drugs, so part time volunteering and working with organisations like Love Life or Treatment Action Campaign could educate you about the realities of these problems and the current solutions. It may also introduce you to various caring professionals – care workers, social workers, psychologists and you can decide if that is what you want to do.
It will also make you realise that fund-raising is the most important part of such an organisation!’