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Build your business skills with these short courses

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MOOCs are a great resource for individuals who want to get a feel of business school before enrolling into a full-time course.


By U2B Staff 

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If you are eyeing postgraduate qualifications in the business or management field and largely due to the high cost of enrolling in these programmes, it would be a good idea to build your business skills first by completing short courses.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a good option for those who are considering enrolling in postgraduate business courses but are not quite sure where to begin and would like to get a feel of what the entire programme entails.

There is an abundance of MOOCs available online, and it is essential to ask yourself a simple question before enrolling in a programme because paid or otherwise, the quality of content that is consumed is paramount.

It is important to note that while MOOCs are generally offered through online course providers such as Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, or Udacity, the courses available on the platforms are mostly created and conducted by universities.

Standford University, Harvard University, and NYU (New York University) are just some of the largest online course providers. Besides universities, organisations such as Google, Microsoft, and the British Council also develop online courses for general consumption.

A more discerning student will be able to identify and choose a course that is developed by an accredited institution of higher learning or business school to help them prepare for their postgraduate study journey.

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Short courses can build your business skills before you enroll in a full-time course

Understanding the contents and components of an MBA is pivotal when choosing the right short courses that will prepare you for your postgraduate business study journey.

In general, postgraduate business programmes teach the basic facets of domestic and international corporate practices and helps learners build business skills in a variety of specialisations.

The skills developed through these programmes are widely applicable in various sectors including finance, marketing, technology, and the global economy.

In general, a business programme provides knowledge in economics, stock market patterns, and consumer behaviour as well as accounting, financial risk assessment, and cost control.

Good postgraduate in business programmes focuses on developing leadership abilities, management techniques, employee relations, and workplace psychology, as well as teaches business strategy and decision-making to develop effective leaders and managers.

These programmes also provide the skills that enable professionals to become global business leaders through courses on international business operations, including opening and expanding overseas businesses and business-to-business sales.

All these online courses and classes are available through MOOCs that can help you upskill yourself in preparation before you enrol in a full-time business postgraduate course.

Courses that develop business skills in marketing and finance

An online course in marketing will prepare a prospective postgraduate business candidate with customer decision-making, product positioning, and market segmentation skills.

Knowledge in how companies communicate strategically and position their brands in a market niche will give you an edge and help you ace your business studies.

Enrolling in a finance preparatory course is also highly beneficial to prospective MBA candidates. MBAs get both their worldview and skills from understanding and deploying financial logic which is one of the most important business skills for a leader.

Choose an online course or class that will help you read a balance sheet, interpret a cash flow statement, and use terms like ROI, NPV, and IRR with confidence before enrolling in a business or management programme.

Courses that develop your negotiation and strategic planning skills

Postgraduate business prospects need negotiation skills that will help you represent your organisation in high-level discussions. Enrol in courses that teach you the strategies that professional negotiators use that will help you master this skill even before you complete your postgraduate in business programme.

Strategy is also another highly sought-after skill that you will learn in any MBA or business postgraduate programme. A great way to prepare yourself for this is by enrolling in courses that teach the applications of strategy in various fields including finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing.

A sound postgraduate in business or MBA programme will prepare you with the skills to analyse your company’s competitive position within a market that will help you understand your competitors and identify opportunities to help your organisation grow.

Preparatory courses that equip a prospective business school candidate with these business skills are extremely beneficial in the skills-development journey.