1. Lots of job opportunities: Business courses introduce you to marketing, human resources, accounting, ICT, customer care. Every organisation needs people who have these skills.
2. Increases your confidence: Business courses are all about developing your interpersonal skills so that you feel more confident dealing with people in the workplace. We do this by involving you in hands-on activities such as group projects and fundraising.
3. Prepares you for the modern office: You will learn how to use the most up-to-date ICT Microsoft packages. If you have great ICT skills you will be immediately effective in the workplace.
4. Improves your communication: Business people need to be able to write reports, letters, and e-mails, deliver presentations or negotiate deals with customers. We also develop your listening skills and raise awareness of the importance of body language. Our employers tell us communication is one of the most important skills they look for in applicants.
5. Become a great team player: It’s all about the team! In our collaborative learning environment you will learn to work as a team, how to get the best out of your team and discover what your role is in a team is.
6. Learn to deliver exceptional customer service: For business success you need to understand your customer needs and deliver a service that exceeds their expectations. A business course will show you how to achieve this.
7. You can exploit your creativity: Have you got good ideas? Are you innovative? Are you a detail orientated person? A business career gives you opportunities to make a real impact by tapping into your creative side.
8. If you love a challenge: Employers need qualified business people who can help them solve problems and make decisions that will generate wealth for their business. If you are a hands-on person who likes to deal with practical – often tedious – problems that have to be overcome to keep a business functioning, then a business course might be for you!
9. Because you are a people person! You like to talk, discuss, debate, negotiate but most of all feel your contribution is helping. “People buy people” so if you are good at interacting with people and enjoy the experience you will get the most out of a business course.
10. Want to be self-employed? A business course can help you achieve the knowledge and skills you will need to manage your own business. Stop dreaming and start believing in yourself – you can make this happen!
Once qualified you will have a range of skills allowing you to work in various areas of a business including marketing, sales, customer service, HR, accounting, ICT and admin. College is a great place to start a highly successful and rewarding career. Here are some of our business students who have made the decision to do just that.
Nichola Noble from Kilmarnock is a current student on the HNC Administration and ICT course.
I left school and went straight into work as a waitress. Over the next ten years I held a variety of jobs like cleaner, factory worker, sales assistant. I had no career plan and my main motivation was to earn money. However it was a great life experience and I learned customer service skills, how to work as a team, how to motivate a team, cash handling, sales and marketing techniques.
Then came a time when I thought – I need to do something with my life.
With all the business and administration skills I had learned on the job I was naturally attracted to get qualifications in these areas. I started with NC Administration and ICT Level 6. I was scared to be starting my education again at 27 years of age and although it has been hard financially I enjoy what I am doing now. The lecturers are brand new! I love Customer Care and I have just discovered Human Resources (HR) and this has to be my favourite subject. There is such a lot to it including recruitment and selection and employee practices.
I enjoy sitting at a computer doing admin tasks, especially doing spreadsheets, so I also like my ICT class. One of the main benefits from doing this course is I have improved my confidence. I used to suffer from anxiety and I feel able to cope with this now. I also think my communication skills have really improved especially writing reports.
I am a people person and enjoy helping and motivating others and that’s probably why I am attracted to HR. One of the things we learn on our course is how to work as a team and the value of listening to other opinions and showing respect.
I would definitely recommend studying a business course. It does not matter what age you are, you can come to college and develop your skills. These skills can be transferred into any job you want. But you’ve got to work hard and most of all believe in yourself!
I’m thinking about working abroad and with my new business qualifications in admin, ICT, HR and Marketing I am more confident that I will be able to work anywhere in the world.
Stephanie Campbell from Ayr is a current student on the NC Business and Administration Level 5 course.
I left school and went straight into work in a call centre. I enjoyed this job as I like working towards a target and achieving a bonus. I did both inbound and outbound calls and a mixture of sales and customer service for Sky TV and a credit card company. I was able to afford my own home and I earned a good salary. I then started a family and became a stay at home mum.
I am now ready to return to the workplace but feel that I need to get myself up to speed and learn new ICT packages as the office environment is changing all the time so it is important to be up to date. I also need to boost my confidence!
When I left school I did not have any qualifications, but with my work experience a Level 5 course has been a great place to start. It runs from September – December. I am moving onto the Level 6 course which runs January to June, and at the end of the year I will have two National Progression Awards (NPA) and a Personal Development Award (PDA) as well as the NC Business and Administration Award. Next year I will do the HNC Award and within two years I feel I will have achieved really great qualifications.
I knew I would enjoy the Microsoft Office training in word processing, PowerPoint and Publisher but I’ve been surprised to find myself liking the marketing and accounting side of the course. The Level 5 course has introduced me to these new subjects and enabled me to explore new things. This course is great because you are not specialising in one area – it gives you so much choice and I think more doors will open for me in my career now.
NC Level 5 and 6 Business and Administration courses start in January 2016. Find out more.
Why should I study business administration?
Business Administration is one of the most widely valued degrees in the modern work environment, as it provides a solid grounding in many areas of business and is flexible enough to prepare graduates for employment in many different careers.
Thanks to the understanding the course provides in many different areas of business, graduates can choose to pursue a career in varied disciplines such as marketing, operations, or administrative work.
In the modern job market, employers are increasingly seeking to find employees with the potential to contribute in multiple areas of the business – or who at least have an awareness of how their work can impact the rest of the company. This awareness is something a business administration degree indicates to them.
Many graduates will go on to work in a corporate environment, where a degree in business administration will equip them with a clear understanding of the business structure and should help to adapt their work accordingly. Overall, business administration is widely considered to be one of the most promising degrees in terms of potential employment opportunities following graduation, thanks to its flexibility and the range of subjects which it covers.
What skills will I develop studying Business Administration?
At SBBCollege we offer three degree levels of business administration (associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s) which provide students with a range of valuable skills for the modern business world. The specific skills and the depth in which they are taught will vary depending on the degree level.
Some of the skills which you will gain on these courses include:
- Accounting skills – including employee payroll systems, income statements and balance sheets, and understanding the value of manual and computerized systems
- The ability to accurately analyze and implement business decisions and reflect critically on these decisions
- Effective communication skills and methods within a corporate environment
- Human resources management – including learning about the processes of recruitment, interviewing, background checks, and conflict management
- Entrepreneurship skill – an introduction to the processes and responsibilities involved in running your own business
- Strategic planning – an introduction to strategically developing and implementing business planning on a short and long term basis
- Training systems – an overview of effective training and development systems which can be used to progress employees within a business
- Business technology – you will learn about the most effective methods for integrating modern technology into traditional business practices to enhance productivity and improve problem solving
- Business management – an introduction to the best methods of people management, decision making and structural organization
- Marketing – introducing the value of the most common methods of marketing a business in both traditional and online formats
How can I apply these skills?
Due to the broad range of skills which can be developed during a degree program in business administration, there are many different career paths and opportunities available to graduates. This flexibility makes it a very beneficial degree to have earned, and can see graduates move into many different areas of business operations.
Here are just some of the paths which business administration graduates might choose to pursue following completion of their course:
Entrepreneurship – This course offers an excellent crash course in the basics of operating a business and many graduates use it as inspiration to run their own business. Due to the fairly comprehensive breadth of subjects the course covers this makes it a good basis for budding entrepreneurs.
Human Resources – The multitude of subjects covered in this degree are particularly well suited to those considering taking a position in human resources, as it will give graduates a clear understanding in things like the hiring process and employee conflict management.
Management Positions – The broad range of skills acquired in the program prepares graduates for management positions across many different industries. It is often expected that management should have an understanding of all areas of the business, from employee supervision to finance.
Sales Work – The program focuses on many useful areas including communication skills and marketing techniques, which can be utilized in sales situations. Graduates with a solid grounding in such principles can be very effective in sales positions.
Ultimately these desirable skills can help you be more competitive and begin a promising career in a variety of potential roles.
Find out more about our degrees in Business Administration: