Management: It’s something to which many people aspire. After all, it’s quite a boost to the old ego to see the word ‘manager’ in your job title. It implies a certain level of skill or competence. It certainly implies a comfortable income. However, being good at your job doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be a good manager. This is why management courses are recommended, especially for people who work in niche industries, and people who will be in charge of three or more people. Even entrepreneurs are advised to take management courses so that they can keep their small businesses afloat.
There are management courses for every industry imaginable; too many management courses to list. Here are some of the most popular:
Certificate IV in Small Business Management
Every small business owner should take a management course, even if it’s only a short course. However, given that the majority of small businesses close within the first year of opening, something slightly more comprehensive, like the Certificate IV course, is highly recommended. There are a lot of things to consider when you run your own business – this course will help you successfully navigate most of them. Study units typically include financial planning, marketing, customer service strategies, asset management, team management, relationship management, tax, and legal requirements regarding small business operations.
Certificate IV in Retail Management
This is recommended for those who work in retail and wholesale. It provides the skills and knowledge needed to manage a small retail store or a department within a much larger retail store or wholesale outlet. Study units include basic human resources management, building client relationships and business networks, store security, inventory management, merchandise management, team leadership, sales and service delivery management, presentation and pricing, in-store displays, recruitment and selection, and business needs assessment and forecasting.
Diploma of Management
This general diploma is handy because it covers all of the most important principles of management for managers of all levels and in all industries. It’s recommended for office managers, team leaders and coordinators, and supervisors. The exact course material may differ according to the course provider, but in general you can expect the course to include modules on conflict resolution, continuing professional development strategies, workplace safety, team effectiveness, budget and basic financial management, employee relations management, workplace stress management, leadership, strategic planning, and change management.
Diploma of Human Resource Management
According to Open Colleges, human resources management is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia. HR managers have to ensure that all the employees in a company are happy and properly motivated and productive. They also have to ensure that the company’s goals are met and that the values are upheld. They listen to grievances and resolve conflict. They effectively bridge the gap between employers and employees, balancing everyone’s needs to create a healthy and profitable work environment. As a rule, HR diplomas include managing diversity in the workplace, recruitment and termination, mediation, policy development, industrial relations, performance management, HR strategic planning, and learning in the workplace (continuing professional development).