Retail is the sale of goods (not services). People in retail include someone who sells second hand books out of their boot and extends to CEOs of enormous retail chains. The chap who sells books out of his boot might not need a business degree, but the woman who wants to manage the leading bookstore franchise in Melbourne will need business courses galore to secure her position.
The type of business you run will dictate the kind of business qualifications you need. Owning a hat kiosk at the mall may only require some inventory and financial courses. Owning a small business in Melbourne may require a diploma in business management with courses in administration and bookkeeping. Being on the board of a multinational conglomerate may require a master’s degree in business.
It’s not necessary to amass all of your business qualifications in one lump. Usually this is not financially viable because it costs a lot of money to stay in college until you have earned postgraduate status. Instead, you can start with an associate degree in business from one of the business schools or colleges in Melbourne, find a job on the floor in a department store and gradually work your way up the academic and corporate ladder. Many business courses are also available online, which makes it easier (and usually cheaper) to work and study.
Some of Melbourne’s business course providers include:
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), which is home to the RMIT College of Business, which in turn contains six teaching schools and a variety of business courses and degree programs. RMIT business courses include Bachelor of Business, Master of Business (Marketing), Master of Business (Executive), an Associate Degree in Business, Advanced Diploma of International Business, Certificate IV in Business Administration, and Diploma of Business (Public Relations).
- Carrick offers business courses throughout Australia, including Melbourne. Not all courses are available at all Carrick’s locations. The business courses in Melbourne include Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Bachelor of Business (IT Networking), Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Business, and Certificate IV in Business Sales.
- Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology (TAFE) offers business courses such as Certificate II in Business, Diploma of Business, Associate Degree of Business and Bachelor of Business.
- The University of Melbourne is home to Melbourne Business School, which is consistently ranked as one of the top MBA course providers in the Asia Pacific region. Melbourne Business School includes courses such as part-time and full-time MBA programs, Executive MBA, and MBA/Master of Information Systems.
- Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) offers business courses such as Bachelor of Business Information Systems, and Bachelor of Commerce.
- Melbourne Institute of Technology offers a Diploma of Business, which includes courses in marketing, management, communications and accounting. The Diploma of Business is the equivalent of the first year of business degrees at some of Melbourne’s finest universities, such as Deakin University, Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology and University of Ballarat.
Melbourne’s TAFE business courses are nationally accredited, which is handy if you ever need to transfer from one institute to another. It also means that your qualifications are recognised throughout Australia. The great thing about TAFE courses is that they provide practical training and theory, so you are properly equipped to enter the workplace. Check that course providers are properly licensed by the relevant education regulating bodies before signing up for any courses, otherwise you’ll end up wasting your time and your money.
Remember that it doesn’t matter how big or small your business, you’ll always benefit from a couple of business courses in Melbourne.