Course watch: BBA in built Environment
In the highly competitive job environment the demand from the industry is not for a generic professional, but for an expert who does not take a long training time and is “ready for the job” from the Day 1 itself. Besides this, industry is also demanding specialised knowledge in one’s chosen professional field from the initial stage. Accordingly, it has become important for students to start developing comprehensive domain knowledge right from their undergraduate course.
Many colleges and institutions in India have understood the need of the hour and are focusing on courses that enable graduates to be industry-ready, productive, efficient and employable (even self-employable) from the time they step out of college. So, it is important for students to look for sectors with bright job potential and choose relevant courses in college.
One rewarding stream in our economy is Built Environment. This is a huge, diverse and exciting sector which covers everything to do with industry segments like real estate and infrastructure, including traditionally known areas like construction, property and land surveying.
Professions within the Built Environment include design, engineering, surveying, management and planning. Professional courses designed keeping the industry requirements are available for students to pursue.
Courses to opt for
Students seeking career opportunities in the built environment sector can opt for a BBA in Real Estate & Urban Infrastructure (with a minimum of 60 per cent marks in their intermediate). The graduate level BE courses — BBA in BE — can be pursued by students from any stream in Class XII — be it science, commerce or humanities. Graduates can then choose a specialisation at postgraduate level with an MBA in sub-streams like Real Estate & Urban Infrastructure, Construction Project Management, Construction Economics & Quantity Surveying or Infrastructure Management.
Those not interested in a two-year PG course can opt for a one-year PG Diploma in Facilities Management.
BBA in BE in itself is such a useful course that the students are able to procure excellent job opportunities in multinational companies, international property consultants, developers and builders, IT/ ITES units, facilities management companies/agencies/consultants, and condominium/owners' welfare associations.
A specialised BBA in real estate and urban infrastructure prepares students for professionally rewarding fields like valuation, real estate development, sales and marketing, project management, investment, finance, property management and real estate research and consulting.
Selecting a BBA in Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure will help one specialise in an industry that is rising and is poised for further growth will ensure that your career growth is always on an upward mode. Students who have passed out from such programmes are already placed with large MNCs and Indian Corporates and are earning handsome salaries and getting high appreciation from their employers.
A generic BBA is a course that teaches the core functions within a business, like marketing, finance, accounting, human resource management etc. Like in MBA, a student gets to choose a field of specialisation during BBA.
The choices include different fields include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Human Resource Management.
Whereas, a specialised BBA programme, like the BBA in Real Estate and Infrastructure, is a techno-commercial programme and is planned in such a way while covering basic management subjects, they focus on a particular discipline for developing special skill-sets to work towards making the students industry ready in the BE industry.
In addition to the curriculum followed by generic BBA courses, the curriculum of BBA in Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure includes urban design and planning, real estate laws and regulations, investment, finance and real estate management.
A BBA in Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure provides students a wide comprehension of real estate economics and real estate transactions and also on issues related to land ownership. Students also learn how to evaluate the current market trends and investments. Upon successful completion of the course, a graduate of BBA in real estate and urban infrastructure has a practical understanding of the sales, management and support systems that make for a successful real estate development company.
While BBA in REUI in itself offers great career options at the same time it does not limit one to being in built environment only, it sends out the graduates well-equipped to join any other programme, including a generic MBA — in fact, better prepared than a graduate who has completed a generic BBA.
The writer is Dean and Director of School of Real Estate, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida
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