GetSmarter Online Short Courses – Business and Management Portfolio FAQs

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Business and financial occupations are expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, due to the growing economy, globalisation and a complex tax and regulatory environment 1. Positions in management, however, are projected to grow 8%, driven by the formation of new organisations and the expansion of existing ones. 2

The GetSmarter Business and Management portfolio is a blend of managerial knowledge, strategic value and actionable business information. You can complete any of the courses without previous higher education experience or you can build onto your existing professional education.

If you’re looking to become a New Professional within the business and management sector, it’s necessary to understand when to strengthen your skills and your offering to your current, or prospective company. Deciding which online short course from the GetSmarter Business and Management Portfolio is right for your needs will help give your CV and career a competitive edge within your chosen field.

 

How will a GetSmarter business or management course benefit my career?

This GetSmarter portfolio is made for any stage of your career progression. Whether you’re needing a touch-up on your skills in order to get up to date on best practice, or you’re interested in formalising your existing knowledge, there is an abundance of options to choose from, at any stage of your career path.

Which course is relevant to you?

Project Manager

Experienced in the project management field? The Advanced Project Management online short course by the University of Cape Town (UCT) is for you if you’re looking to refresh your project management skills, and enhance your job execution strategy.

Business Systems Analyst

Looking to gain a better understanding and proficiency within your current role in business systems analysis? The UCT Business Systems Analysis online short course helps you formalise your existing knowledge and experience, allows you to learn new systems and technological analysis techniques.

Operations Manager

Interested in upskilling and moving into a managerial position? The UCT Operations Management online short course will help you add value to your current role and enhance your managerial qualities. Master planning, scheduling, capacity and process optimisation.

Compliance Manager

Hoping to transition into a compliance role? The UCT Compliance Management online short course will support you within your current position, grow your knowledge in the process, practicalities and methodologies involved in South Africa’s principles of compliance law and corporate governance.

 

Why should I upskill my managerial skills?

As seen in the GetSmarter Career Path Profiles, continuous studying and frequent updating of your hard and soft skills is necessary across all industries in today’s fast-paced work environment.

Two of the highest positions within the management sector are Chief Operations Officer and Chief Executive Officer. With the growth of each set to grow 8% between 2016 and 2026, these are high-powered jobs bringing equal responsibility and monetary remuneration that need years of experience and expertise 3.

 

Five key areas you should upskill in today
Business risk management
  • Acquire the skills to identify, assess, prioritise and manage potential risks facing a project or business
  • Understand and leverage business risk management frameworks

Want these skills?

Strategic business management
  • Formulate a dynamic and sustainable business management strategy, aligned to long-term corporate goals
  • Apply your innovative and tactical thinking to develop an impervious strategy and give your organisation a competitive advantage

Want these skills?

Advanced operations management
  • Learn to create and implement an operational risk management that ensures smooth business management
  • Master scheduling, capacity, forecasting and people management

Want these skills?

Supply chain management
  • Become a specialist in logistics management, operations, manufacturing and quality assurance
  • Manage a business’s entry into international trade, and improve the competitive advantage of a supply chain

Want these skills?

Sales management
  • Implement your sharpened business management and sales management skills across all industries
  • Learn to implement sales management best-practices and solidify your personal sales techniques

Want these skills?

Change management
  • Determine a case for change, and articulate the case for change management to stakeholders
  • Develop the skill to anticipate, articulate and act with the goal of building enterprise change management competency

Want these skills?

 

 Business risk management
  • Acquire the skills to identify, assess, prioritise and manage potential risks facing a project or business
  • Understand and leverage business risk management frameworks

Want these skills?

 Strategic business management
  • Formulate a dynamic and sustainable business management strategy, aligned to long-term corporate goals
  • Apply your innovative and tactical thinking to develop an impervious strategy and give your organisation a competitive advantage

Want these skills?

 Advanced operations management
  • Learn to create and implement an operational risk management that ensures smooth business management
  • Master scheduling, capacity, forecasting and people management

Want these skills?

 Supply chain management
  • Become a specialist in logistics management, operations, manufacturing and quality assurance
  • Manage a business’s entry into international trade, and improve the competitive advantage of a supply chain

Want these skills?

 Change management
  • Determine a case for change, and articulate the case for change management to stakeholders
  • Develop the skill to anticipate, articulate and act with the goal of building enterprise change management competency

Want these skills?


Convinced management is for you?


 

Six FAQs GetSmarter Course Consultants receive on the Business and Management portfolio

1) Do you need experience with project management in order to do the Advanced Project Management online short course?

Yes, you’ll need quite a bit of project leadership experience in order to do the course.  The advanced course makes the assumption that you’re already fairly competent user of Scope, Charters, Risk logs, WBS etc.

You must have access to relevant project documentation and data (E.g. project charter, business case, risks, budget, scope, etc.) of a project you have been a part of.

2) Can I become a Human Resource Practitioner after completing the Human Resource Management online short course?

No, you wouldn’t become an HR Practitioner. This course should assist you with updating your HR skill set, and in creating an empowering work environment to help assist in maximising and aligning workforce efforts.

You’re able to update your CV and upon completion, you’ll earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town which is proof that you have completed the course within HR.

3) Can I become an IT Technician after completing the IT Management online short course?

No, you cannot become an IT Technician upon completing the course. You should learn to lead strategic IT functions that align with your organisation’s objectives, and optimise your company’s processes by implementing the latest systems with this Information Technology Management online short course from The University of Cape Town.

The modules covered are more aligned with managing and leading an IT department as opposed to learning IT technical skills.

4) Will the MBA Essentials online short course allow me entry into an MBA programme?

This preparatory MBA course does not guarantee acceptance into an MBA programme, nor does it replace entry requirements such as the GMAT.

Upon completion of the MBA Essentials online short course you’ll have a deep understanding of the three key pillars of business covered in an MBA course: economics, quantitative methods and managerial accounting.

5) Do you need to have taken accounting at a high school level in order to do the Accounting online short course?

No, the first two modules will introduce students to the basic principles of accounting. It will serve as an introductory “crash course” for prospective students who may have had little, or no exposure to the accounting world.

The University of Cape Town Accounting online short course will equip you with the practical skills to control and manage finance-related aspects of any business or venture.

6) What type of assignments will we do in the Digital Marketing online short course? Will we be involved in practical activities?

Yes, you’ll do assignments such as develop a WordPress website, create an email marketing campaign, create an online advertisement using PPC, and write a web-optimised blog post.

 


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