Business Management students at Herzing College Ottawa pose for a class photo
What's your dream business job? Would you love to be an important member of a busy, successful office team? Hoping to rise up into a supervisor or office manager role?
Have your sights set on a particular department, like marketing, sales, or accounting?
No matter which path you want to pursue, one thing is certain: quality business training is your first step. You won't find a single desirable business position that doesn't require specific administrative and technical skills.
You might be a natural at communicating with people, managing time, and organizing information—but chances are, you don't have a complete business skillset that includes the latest technology skills, and a good grasp of management and administrative principles.
A well-rounded business diploma gives students the best possible start at a successful career. Whether you want to join a team—or lead a team—you need training to get your foot in the door. Think this is the year you'll go for it, and earn that business diploma?
Here are 10 of the (very) best reasons to make it happen.
1. Business job opportunities are steady across Ontario
The Government of Canada Job Bank reports steady job opportunities for a range of administrative roles across Ontario. For example, the following positions all received 2/3 stars for employment outlook—meaning there will be a stable balance between job-seekers and new positions in Ontario, over the next 10 years:
- office assistant
- technical sales representative
- accounting clerk
- payroll administrator
- client services
- human resources clerk
- office manager
In every case, the Job Bank tells us that some form of post-secondary training (ideally, a business diploma), is required or "preferred" for each role on this list.
You'll need quality business training to compete for these jobs, excel at your role, and build a successful career. Complete your business diploma, and maximize your employment potential across all of these areas.
2. Significantly expand your business career options
A business diploma is quite possibly the most flexible career training you can get. Business administration and business management programs prepare students for a wide range of careers. Your courses will include hands-on training in the following areas:
- administrative support
- accounting and payroll
- client services
- human resources
Broaden your skills, learn important business principles, and find your strengths. By the time you graduate, you'll have a clearer idea of which business career you want to pursue—and the skills needed to land an entry-level position, straight out of college.
3. Boost your confidence going into business job interviews
Want to feel more prepared and confident as you head into job interviews for office positions? A quality business management diploma, combined with an internship, makes you a much stronger candidate for administrative roles.
You will have the real-world skills business employers want, and experience at a local company or organization on your resume. This is the best way to kickstart your career after high school, or if you're coming back to the workforce after a long break.
4. Master office software you'll need to get hired
For many people, mastering relevant office software is the biggest thing standing between them and a better business job. If you didn't learn these skills in high school, or don't have much experience with computers, you will have difficulty qualifying for good office positions.
If you look at the skills employers want most in office staff, technology always ranks high on the list. You absolutely must have solid knowledge of programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
Experience using accounting/payroll programs like QuickBooks and Simply Accounting is also highly valued—and often a deciding factor in administrative and office management job interviews.
Employers don't have time to train new employees on these programs. Learn them during your business diploma, and compete at a much higher level for office positions.
5. Improve your professional communications skills
Along with computer technology, communication ranks very high on business skills lists. Global staffing firm, Randstad, researched which abilities matter most to office employers in 2018, and found "communication" took the #1 spot, almost every time.
This includes excellent business writing skills, being well-spoken, understanding exceptional customer service, and the ability to work in a team.
You will find a quality business diploma focuses on all of these areas, helping students strengthen their skills in:
- grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary
- formatting and composing memos, emails, and other forms of business correspondence
- resolving client complaints and gracefully managing the reception desk
- confidently preparing and delivering presentations
Business administrative professionals are often the "face" of the company, interacting directly with clients, suppliers, and important associates. They also tend to work closely with one another, coordinating on projects and managing tasks as a team.
Your ability to communicate professionally is absolutely crucial to your success in business.
6. Learn in-demand accounting & payroll skills
There is no doubt about it: include accounting and payroll skills on your resume, and you will compete better for office positions.
Many business employers list experience with bookkeeping and payroll as an "asset" or requirement for administrative positions. They're looking for versatile candidates, who can handle everything from reception and appointment booking, to managing projects and assisting with payroll.
If you understand basic accounting principles, and are familiar with tax preparation, handling accounts payable and receivable, and preparing financial statements, you will be in an excellent position to compete for office team or management jobs.
7. A business diploma takes just 6-12 months to complete
Don't want to invest time and money in a university business degree? A college-level business diploma is an ideal alternative. These programs take maximum 12 months to complete (full-time), and are specifically designed to prepare students for entry-level roles, right after graduation.
A quality business college researches the skills local employers are looking for in office staff. They tailor their programs to teach those abilities, ensuring graduates have a competitive edge on the job market.
Choose a business diploma that comes with a guaranteed internship, and you'll get experience before you even graduate. In one year, you will be ready to enter the workforce with up-to-date skills and a much higher level of self-confidence.
8. Get qualified for business management roles
Already have some experience working in an office? Or, planning on building a career in office management? A diploma in business management will prepare you to rise up the ranks, and qualify for those team leader, supervisor, or managerial roles.
In order to compete for leadership positions, you will need training in several key areas, including:
- principles of business administration and management (how enterprises are organized, how to manage daily operations, and how to cope with typical leadership challenges)
- human resources management (how to hire, train, and motivate employees)
- marketing and sales strategy
- advanced accounting and payroll
- presentation skills
Choose a management diploma, and you'll learn these skills in addition to the office software, project management, and communication skills taught in business administration programs.
9. Learn how to run your own business
Dream of starting your own business one day? Business training is a must-have for aspiring entrepreneurs. You will need practical skills in marketing, sales, accounting, and computer software to get your start-up off the ground.
Even a simple, home-based business demands some level of technical and strategic knowledge. If you're hoping to make the transition from employee to boss, a business diploma is a pivotal first step.
10. Have your choice of work settings
What is your ideal work environment? Would you like to work in government or for a community organization? What about a small local business? Is joining a busy office in a multi-national company your goal?
Quality business training opens doors to positions in all of these settings. From the corporate world to the non-profit, charitable sector—you will find employment opportunities wherever trained, skilled office staff is needed.
And there you have it. 10 ways a business diploma gives you an edge, opens doors, and helps you achieve your professional goals. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and get that diploma.
If you're seriously considering business training, and want help planning your next steps, we'd love to hear from you.
Your next step is to speak with Admissions. An Admissions Advisor will explain how to apply, and help you choose the best program for your needs.
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