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Business Courses: Useful Everywhere

26 DEC 2012
Career Path : Business

Business courses are a field of study with some of the broadest utility. Even trade careers that involve more hands-on work than office work will include some of the latter, especially when shooting for an eventual managerial role. All to say, a business course or two is a good career investment for pretty much everyone.


The tech side

Business courses cover a whole bunch of different skills. You’ll learn how to best use popular software, which isn’t limited to just word-processing, email and spreadsheets. A good business program will have a foundation built on teaching you professional sounding writing, office procedures and a review of basic math, as well as the standard secretarial skills like keyboarding and taking dictation. Don’t think that you’ll only be relegated to support roles if you study administrative skills. Increasingly, companies expect employees to become their own secretaries.


Versatile skills

Studying business also means learning more than just general skills. At some schools, the faculty of business includes everything from paralegal preparation or travel agent training, for a ready to go career path. If that doesn’t appeal, you may also study bookkeeping, or take managerial and marketing classes. Obviously, learning the ins and outs of management will help you move ahead, while marketing skills will keep you up to date in industry trends, such as the massive growth in online advertising. Meanwhile, accounting courses will ready you to become invaluable in helping your company keep inventory, pay their staff and stay on budget.


Cross-industry career prospects

Accounting courses are a natural fit if you’re good with numbers, but if you’re more into helping people, the growing healthcare industry will demand you take business courses as well. Even in Canada, where Medicare significantly reduces paperwork, every clinic and dentist or doctor’s private practice still needs an administrator to take care of the desk, the medical records and medical billing. Your health courses may also get you a job with a busy hospital, which can provide lifetime employment with great benefits, including a reliable pension.


Never too late

Regardless of whether your business classes compliment your health courses or stand by themselves, one other benefit is found in continuing education. As well as demonstrating to employers that you believe in investing in yourself, especially in older workers, business courses keep you up to date with modern technology. If you’ve been employed for several decades, you may have started working when the then ubiquitous computer was an occasional curiosity relegated to programming specialists, and the biggest piece of technology you had to deal with was an electric typewriter or a telephone. Now every worker needs to be a computer expert, something modern programs take into account. They will even prepare you for software certification so you can confidently prove your competence to your employers.


Don’t think of business as only being a certain kind of industry. Business is more than just a three piece suit and a briefcase full of files. The skills you learn in business courses will cross over into virtually any and every career, so it is important that you add them to your repertoire. And remember, it’s never too late! Whether you’re a college freshman or five years away from retirement, it’s always a good idea to gain new skills and knowledge.



Visit Mohawk College for more information on various program options, including business, healthcare, and accounting courses.