New opportunities in the higher educational sphere including a two year diploma!

The term “business management’ is broad based and implies actually many skills and job opportunities. It sounds great though when you are in matric and you decide to go and study Business Management, but look into the various areas of the job well and find your niche.

“There are quite a variety of fields to specialise in,” says Kerry Damons, Marketing Manager of Boston City Campus & Business College.
“This explains the extensive range of business management courses to choose from. From credit management to information technology management, you are sure to find a business management course that will suit you and your career goals”

Damons explains that Business Management involves many learned skills and also many aspects of an organisation. “In short, business management involves running an organisation. You may be doing tasks such as controlling, leading, supervising, organising and planning of projects, business deals as well as managing staff”
Different job opportunities open up when you study business management courses. Depending on the type of business management courses you study, you could apply for a position in:
Business Management studies have a tendency to improve job security, because you become versatile within an organisation. “. Business management is one of those fields where, no matter how many cutbacks are made, organisations will always require the skills of a business manager to keep the business up and running. Business managers usually fall into a higher salary bracket because of their versatility that lends to them being active managers.

How do you decide on which aspect of Business Management to specialise in? When choosing a business management course, make sure you choose a field you are passionate about. If you have a head for numbers, a career in finance management would be perfect.
The following are the new Boston qualifications accredited by the SABPP:
Higher certificate in Marketing Specialisation Sport
Higher Certificate in marketing Specialisation Tourism
Higher certificate in Paralegal Practice
Human Resource and employee relations
Higher certificate in Marketing Specialisation Digital music
Higher certificate in Business Management Practice
Higher certificate in Marketing Practice
Higher certificate in Commerce in General Management
Diploma in Commerce in Public Relations (two year minimum study)

Higher Certificates usually signify that you have attained a basic level of higher education knowledge and competence in a particular field or occupation and are capable of applying knowledge and competence in an occupation in the workplace. They are primarily vocational, or industry oriented. (Hence the stand out qualification of Digital Music!). They provide the basic introductory knowledge, critical thinking skills and practical techniques in the chosen field of study. After obtaining the Higher Certificate, graduates may enrol for a Diploma or degree at Boston.

What will these qualifications give you? Damons explains that graduates will leave with the necessary knowledge and practical skills which may include :
• Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
• Apply principles of public relations and integrated communication practice
• Demonstrate business and event management skills
• Identify the socio-economic needs of society
• Demonstrate an understanding of business ethics
• Project manage various aspects of the business including the strategy and budget within an organisation

Learners wishing to apply for one of the new accredited programmes must meet the entry requirements, the minimum being a national senior certificate, and a successful application!
Damons continues that Boston will apply, on behalf of the Learner, to the SABPP for verification of the Learner’s results. On successful verification the Learner will be issued a higher certificate or in the case of the Diploma: Commerce: Public Relations SAQA ID 21068, NQF Level 6, 240 credits from SABPP.
The South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) is a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and is registered as a Professional Body by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

While further study options are encouraged, these will be based on application and evaluated individually. These will include RPL towards any Higher Education Programme. Since each submission is individually evaluated, neither admission nor advanced placement is assured.
Lastly, Damons says you should do some introspection and see if you the right personality traits for Business Management.
These include: Good math skills, strong time management skills, good common sense, a strong desire for organization and efficiency, excellent communication/salesmanship, creative problem solving, listening skills, negotiation skills, leadership skills and ethics.

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