You’re trying to decide what to study and the options seem endless – how do you know what is the right path for you? Studying is an investment in your future, but how do you ensure you get the best return on that investment?

A business management qualification does just that – it can open up a number of career pathways, and top-earning ones at that.

We’ve put together some top positions available to those with a business qualification:

CEO

Yes, it might take you a while to get there, but with a business qualification, you’re on the right path.

Chief executives plan, coordinate, and oversee the operational activities of companies. They work to ensure that their companies meet their goals. Chief executives work in a variety of public and private-sector industries.

Although they earn, on average, the highest salary of all management positions, they also work extremely long hours and are essentially responsible for the success of their companies.

Computer and Information Systems Manager

With IT being one of the fastest growing sectors, there is a continuous demand for people with these skills.

Computer and information systems managers (also known as information technology managers) plan, coordinate, and oversee technology-related activities within an organization. They determine the information technology needs of a company, and then implement programs to see that these needs are met.

They also direct and oversee the work of other information technology workers. IT managers can work in a variety of fields that rely on technology.

Marketing Manager

Do you have a flair for the creative and enjoy coming up with new innovative and inspiring ideas? Marketing could be the path for you!

Marketing managers plan and oversee programs to generate interest in a service or product. A marketing manager identifies markets for its company’s products and develops strategies to maximize profits and customer satisfaction. The manager works with sales, public relations, and product development to ensure the success of each marketing program.

Financial Manager

Whoever said finance people are boring never spent a day in their shoes.

Financial managers oversee the financial health of an organization. They help devise long-term financial goals for their organization and implement these plans through investment activities, financial reports, and analysis of market trends. They typically work closely with other managers to make financial decisions for the company.

Sales Manager

It might be cliché, but some people literally can sell ice to an Eskimo!

Sales managers direct their organization’s sales department or team. They set sales goals and implement training programs and work strategies to improve employees’ sales records.

Public Relations Manager

If public opinion is what drives you and you have a flair for influencing others, you could be the next PR Guru.

Public relations managers plan and oversee programs that ensure a favourable public image for their employer or client. They also typically work to raise funds for the company. Their work may involve developing public relations programs and media releases, and developing and planning fundraising events and strategies.

Human Resource Manager

Do you play by the rules of the game and you enjoy meeting new people? If you answered yes, then a career in HR could be for you.

Human resource managers spend their time performing many tasks. Their primary responsibility tends to be overseeing the administrative functions that take place within the organizations that they work for; this includes recruiting new workers, hiring them and preparing them for their roles.

Many human resources managers also ensure that their employers stay in compliance with employee labour laws and regulations. Some of them even spend part of their time overseeing many bookkeeping tasks, including payroll and compensation duties.

General and Operations Manager

Are you an all-rounder with strong leadership skills? Being a General Manager could be your ideal career path.

General managers (also known as operations managers) direct a variety of different operations. Their duties may include managing the daily operations of an office or company, formulating policies, or developing and overseeing specific projects.

ELMI has a selection of business management courses just for you. Take a look and register today.