Almost everyone in some way or another ‘works in business’. Even if you work in a greengrocers’ you are still part of ‘an organisation’ with its own ‘culture’, its own ‘business model’. Much the same is true of the public sector, similarly charities. Your organization will still attempt to shape your behaviour through Human Resource theories, may still use databases and intelligence gathering to produce a marketing plan and will certainly conduct financial cost analysis.
However, though we may all be said to work in business, it is also true that only a fairly small minority actually understands business. There should be no embarrassment in confessing that we are bewildered by much of the terminology and would have difficulty articulating what it is that certain aspects of our organisations actually do. Unless we have actually completed a business qualification, we can hardly be expected to know these things.
It is undeniably the case however that, if we wish to progress to senior levels of management, we do at some point have to set aside the time to learn. In any modern business or organisation, it is very doubtful these days whether we will find senior mangers who have not had some form of dedicated business management training. The modern business environment is just too complex and technical to risk appointing someone who doesn’t properly know what they are talking about.
Perhaps the most complete way to achieve the necessary grounding in business theory and practice is by taking a course leading to an HND in Business Management, which many nowadays opt to study online. Studying online offers the flexibility to select when and where to study, and allows you to speed up or slacken off according to work commitments. The HND, which for technical and managerial professions has been providing the skills-sets needed by business for some 70-plus years, is without question the best-regarded work-orientated qualification. Its greatest advantage is that it can be ‘topped-up’ into a full honours degree with just one further years’ study.
A Business Management HND provides a comprehensive view of the entire business world: how businesses gather financial data and how this is fed into decisions, how strategy is decided upon and implemented across the organisation, how and why marketing happens. Students learn about ethics and contract law, information and database management, quality control, theories of leadership and leading a project team. They will be guided, via theories of organisations, towards taking a view of the whole business landscape as it is constituted, getting a chance to analyse best (or worst) practice via a research project they have selected.
The confidence you develop in yourself, due to the knowledge gained on a business HND, will open not just the door in front of you, but many more into the future. For more information, search for online colleges and learn how a business qualification can open doors for you.