It has never been so easy to get formal training in business and management. Online learning options allow you to study for a business certificate, diploma or degree where and when it suits you. You can gain a business education without compromising your career or family life. Online pathway courses also allow you to do a short program before deciding whether to go for a higher qualification.
Advantages of Studying Online
Business qualifications are available through 100% online study. That means you never have to set foot on a campus. You can choose the best course in Australia as well – from any university or college around the country.
Learning online requires some discipline. The onus is on you to log on and get stuck in to the course material. For that reason, it suits people who are self-motivated and independent learners.
But, overall, online study takes less time and effort. Because there is no travel involved or set class times, you can literally study at the most convenient times and places for you. Study can fit into your normal weekly schedule.
Why Study Business and Management?
Business and management is one of the most popular study areas, both online and for people attending universities and colleges in person. It’s popular because almost every employer is either a business, or an organisation with business characteristics. What’s more, most career paths lead to business management roles.
Online business courses give you general skills and a qualification that might be useful in many different jobs. You could learn things such as: office administration, managing teams and leadership, marketing, accounting, business analysis, and entrepreneurship.
A great feature of online business programs is that they usually contain pathway courses. A pathway course provides a qualification but also allows you to complete part of a longer course. After finishing the pathway course, you can decide how much you enjoy studying business online and whether to keep going.
If you haven’t studied at university before and don’t have extensive business experience, a good option is an online Certificate IV or Diploma in Business. These are short courses (less than a year) that introduce you to business topics. The Cert IV is a pathway to a Diploma, and the Diploma is a pathway to university. After finishing a Diploma of Business, you may be able to start a business degree as a 2nd-year student.
If you have a (non-business) degree already, you could consider an online Graduate Certificate in Business. This is a 1-semester course. As well as being valuable in its own right, it is typically part of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. You get credit for completed units if you decide to continue studying for an MBA. An MBA is a well recognised qualification and there are at least 10 good reasons for getting one.
About the Author
Dr Andrew Lancaster is the founder and director of UniCurve, a web publishing company that provides information for university and college students. He provides editorial and strategic oversight for the company, which has a mission to bring better decision-making guidance for people interested in vocational and higher education. As part of his job, Andrew writes a blog for Online Study Australia. He wants to highlight that convenient online study options exist, which can benefit people who are busy with job and/or family responsibilities. You can find Andrew here and on LinkedIn.