Graduates are well placed for a successful career in foresight and strategy in a range of organisations, including government policy areas and niche consulting firms with a focus on strategy and sustainability. Those who master knowledge and skills in this innovative field will be well placed to become leaders in a wide range of fields.
The Master of Strategic Foresight is suited to mid-career professionals seeking to 'sharpen' their cognitive capacity and refresh their professional toolkit for driving organisational innovation and change. It does so by embracing uncertainty and turbulence as the conditions within which foresightful leadership is cultivated and practiced. By studying historical patterns, observing emerging technologies and considering future challenges that individuals, organisations and society could face, graduates will be able to discriminate between forecasting and tracking the emerging futures and envisioning preferred futures. These are skillsets well suited in the practice of leadership, management, entrepreneurship, public policy, education and societal innovation.
At completion of the Master of Strategic Foresight, graduates will be able to:
1. Evaluate problems and uncover assumptions using theories and information from a range of disciplines as well as from personal experience.
2. Integrate learning across disciplines, over time and between academic, employment and personal spheres.
3. Research independently and explore with others those business or societal challenges and opportunities that have either not emerged onto current agendas or which are ‘unsolved’ because of the limitation of current understanding.
4. Generate creative solutions to issues arising from the processes involved in the application of strategic foresight methodologies.
5. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence as preparation for research higher degrees.
6. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use advanced tools and practices of strategic foresight within project work.
7. Use reflective practice to learn how to reason morally and ethically about the management of ‘wicked problems’ that could require the trade-off of the rights and responsibilities of a range of stakeholders in the future.
The Swinburne graduate attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be:
- capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas and an ability to engage in critical enquiry
- entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
- effective and ethical in work, community situations and reasoning skills
- adaptable and able to manage change, and
- aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural).