Understandably, parents, potential students and careers advisors at schools want to know what career opportunities students will have after completing the Professional Business Diploma.
Practical skills rather than academic concepts
The advanced skills they achieve makes OMBS graduates eminently employable within all business sectors. Essential elements of the course include a thorough understanding of how businesses work both internally and in the wider world of B2B, B2C and disseminating information.
Office and communication skills
Every individual and every company, however large or small, uses Microsoft Office programmes to a certain level, each using them slightly differently. Familiarity and experience of using every package to an advanced level is unusual and extremely valuable. On the first day of their first job OMBS graduates can tackle any system or any task, across any platform, at any level, with confidence and expertise. They gain experience of working within teams and communicating with colleagues, customers, clients, partners, as well as competitors.
The world of business
Accurate and comprehensive data is vital for any successful business. To make informed decisions they cannot exist without information gathering, sharing, analysing, monitoring, updating, manipulating and processing. It is this module that enables students to understand in depth and breadth how businesses work within all departments and all functions; marketing, sales, customer relations, finance, HR, advertising, stock control, buying and public relations.
Confident and capable
“I didn’t know you were paid when you were on holiday“. It is possible that straight from school, or even university, for those who haven’t had a job, there could be a lack of knowledge about the working world. Students learn the essential information about salaries; holiday pay, sick pay, leave of absence, maternity/paternity leave, TOIL and shift work, expenses, gratuities, bonuses, pay rises and what are reasonable and unreasonable requests from the employer. And then there is National Insurance, income tax, pensions, overtime, personal data and GDPR. We even teach them how to negotiate a pay rise!
What is left at the end of the month? Students learn about the monthly expenses that have to be taken into account to finally understand what their salary will cover. Commuting, utilities, food, community charge, internet/phones/subscriptions, business wear or uniforms, car costs and maintenance, and of course, the all important and salary sapping, rent. A fantastic job but with a low salary might not be sustainable.
“Is the job right for you”?
At the very beginning of the course students learn more about their personality; this is often very enlightening! Clearly, different personality types suit different environments. Creatives, who come up with great ideas, might not be motivated to finish the project or tackle the fine detail. There will be those types who enjoy seeing a project through from start to finish, get satisfaction from a job well done, but prefer to work on their own. Some are motivated by money and power, some are happy to take a risk and be part of a small start-up. This self awareness helps OMBS graduates apply for jobs that are right for them. It helps them prepare their CV, prepare for the interview and prepare for their first day at work. See the 5 Tops Tips to Prepare for an Interview.
“How does this give them a flying start?”
Just listing all of the above will ensure their CV is seen above all other applicants for the job especially if an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) filter is being used! They will know which jobs to apply for, and which they should not, to avoid disappointment. Their skills give them the confidence to secure that job they really want; new colleagues will really value their skills, knowledge and contribution to the team; familiarity with the world of work helps them understand all areas of business and which business sector they want to pursue for a career; and having such skills ensures that they will be capable and confident enough to succeed in any temporary roles or short contracts until they choose their preferred career path. All these skills and attributes will guarantee to give them an advantage over their colleagues or competitors and give them that “flying start”.
Oxford Media & Business School offers a 9-month Professional Business Diploma for ambitious students who want to start their career within 3 terms rather than 3 years; for students who are looking for a practical and positive Gap Year in Oxford; and for university graduates who want to add these skills to their academic qualification. Contact Sarah Badger, our Registrar, for more details about the course or explore this website for a full understanding of a great year living the university student lifestyle in Oxford. Tel: 01865 240963 Email: [email protected]