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:


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. put out an article about the top 11 reasons millenials get fired, and the top five are: the need for independence, lack of confidence, anxiety, miscommunication, and that millenials lack vision. Essentially, the main reason millennials get fired is because they can’t collaborate, they lack confidence in themselves and their decisions, which can lead to anxiety, they struggle presenting and communicating, and are not critically thinking to see overall goals and vision.

These are what we in the education world call “soft skills.”

They’re secondary to the “essential” work of school, which is English, math, science, history, algebra, British Literature, the starting and end date of the French Revolution, what an igneous rock is- okay, now I’m being sarcastic.

I think it’s time we stop calling them soft skills, because there’s nothing soft about getting fired from your job, or never getting hired in the first place.

We need to call them what they really are: essential skills. They are skills that are absolutely necessary to thrive in the modern world. I mean, how is the ability to collaborate not the most emphasized standard in the Common Core? It’s not even its own standard! It’s no wonder people are being fired for not knowing how to work together; we don’t teach it. We don’t emphasize it. And the result is division and the inability to seek compromise. Sound familiar?

Young adults struggle with confidence. I wonder if having kids take roughly 112 mandatory high-stakes tests between kindergarten and senior year, tests that only measure a sliver of who you really are and what you’re really capable of, but are the deciding factor for your future, has anything to do with it. I wonder if that has anything to do with skyrocketing anxiety as well?

People are fired for not having vision; for thinking they are just a cog in a machine? For many students, that’s what school is for them. Sit quietly, learn this information, regurgitate it on a test, and then move to the next level. We want millennials to see the big picture and understand why they’re doing certain tasks? Maybe this should start with school, and if we can’t explain why students are learning a certain subject, then we shouldn’t teach it.

People struggle to communicate? Well, have we taught them to communicate? Or are they sitting in rows most of the time, not being allowed to talk.

“But I have to have them do that. They’ve got to learn this information. I’m accountable for them to do well on these tests!”

And that’s exactly my point. This isn’t teachers’ fault. It’s a systematic error.

We need to change things up, and I think that starts with us stop calling communication, collaboration, critical thinking, work ethic, and confidence “soft skills.” Instead, let’s call them “essential skills.” Because they are essential, arguably more essential than your ability to memorize facts and equations.

“But wait, we can measure someone’s ability to memorize facts and equations. We can’t do that with those skills.”

Oh, is that why we put so much more emphasis on the hard skills, because they’re easier to measure and keep track of, and compare?

Not a good enough reason.

Because 92% of talent professionals and hiring managers say that soft skills are just as important, if not more important, than hard skills.

Am I saying we should stop teaching the core subjects in school? No! An educated society is a healthier society, and we still need to know how to read, write, solve, observe, experiment, and learn subject matter. But I do think we need to adjust the benchmarks a bit, and not just emphasize knowing the information, but also how students obtain it. And present it. And what they do with it.

We need to teach essential skills. And the truth is, when students have these fundamental skills, and are confident, creative, critical thinking, hard working collaborators, you’ll find learning that other stuff comes much easier. And they can still do well on those big, bad tests.

Although, I think we should change those up too. But that’s for another article.


Every student has one or more New Year’s resolutions they intend to implement for the coming year of studies. If you are a student, let’s see how many of these 10 resolutions you can relate.

Back in school, each new year started with a beautiful and organised pencil case – I colour coded my kokie pens, my Tipp-Ex was full, and my notepads were clean and blank – waiting for me to fill them with beautiful handwriting.

That whole thing lasted about a week, if I was lucky. An organised pencil case soon became the priority of yesterday, and what started as a beautiful handwriting on page 1 soon morphed into scribbles embroidered by occasional doodle art.

I was convinced I’d break the cycle once I entered university, since this was going to be serious business. No more school play. Oh please.

But, on the bright side, I was not the only one. In fact, the yearly New Year’s resolutions I gave myself as a student turn out to be extremely widespread among the student species. Though I’m not guilty of all of these, here is a list of 10 frequent student New Year’s resolutions that tend to float around for the first odd weeks of each academic year.

1. I will do all of my readings. Not only that. I’ll do them ahead of the lecture.

Students really believe this, and the intention to actually sit down, read, and highlight each reading before every lecture and seminar is very genuine. Deep down, however, the desire to do anything else is stronger.

The first few readings always seem to go well, but soon you sit there skimming them before the lecture starts. A bit later you skim them after the lecture has already happened. And eventually, you don’t do them at all and sit there sweating in class, hoping not to be called out.

2. I will pace my assignments. No more panic. No more all-nighters.

Yes, this year, you will pace your assignments and be more productive. Each assignment will get a decent weekend’s time for thorough research and writing. But then, just when you think you have all the time in the world because all of your first essays are only due in a few weeks, the infamous all-nighter seems to have you clutched in it’s tight grip.

If three assignments have more or less the same due date, where do you think all the time for research and writing comes from? Well, not from all-nighters. With that being said, though, some students flop so hard at this resolution that they become masters of their own defective time management. They befriend sleep-deprivation, lack of synonyms, and inner frustration. One might almost say that someone who does this and still passes is somewhat of a magician.

3. I will keep my notes organised.

Some students actually manage to keep this one going for an impressive amount of time, filing each page into the right subject folder, and marking exactly what the date and topic for all the notes are.

But this skill tends to also evaporate as the year goes on. Soon, one page in your notepad contains not only notes from various subjects, but also the funny line your lecturer just dropped, and your weekend grocery shopping list.

4. I will not bunk. Not even once.

Many students do actually attend all their lectures throughout the year (they deserve a massive applause). In fact, bunking is kind of like a drug. If you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how deliciously sinful it can feel, and therefore you won’t have the urge to do it. But once you’ve tried it, it’s hard to resist.

So when you tell yourself that for the New Year you won’t bunk, the only way it won’t flop is if you indeed don’t bunk at all. Bunking – not even once.

5. I will care about how I look for campus.

It’s a new year. You have fresh energy, fresh enthusiasm and basically just want to look amazing and put in mega effort every day. Girls start wearing mascara again, carefully fix a daily hairdo, and shave their legs more than once a week. Similarly, guys still nurture their facial hairs and spend more than 0.3 split seconds on choosing their outfit for the day.

I’d give it a good month until this too, starts to crumble.

6. I will learn how to cook and eat healthy.

By cook, I’m not talking about your mom’s awesome meals. Let’s not get carried away. But you tell yourself that from now on, you will at least use the stove or oven sometimes for a good stir-fry or baked potato. And doesn’t it taste delicious, that first healthy meal you cook for yourself? Of course it does. Which makes it even harder to understand why halfway through the year you are surviving on crackers with dip, and microwave food.

7. I will exercise more than I drink coffee.

Yep, another classic. You’ll get fit, exercise every day, get lean, detox from caffeine, and never, ever choose your bed over a run on a Sunday morning. And come that first Sunday when the plan flops, it’s not really your fault, because the sheets are too heavy for you to kick off, and the sun is actually quite harmful. You are safer in bed.

8. I will floss every day.

So this one is just… a terrible flaw that so many people are guilty of, it hardly needs elaboration. And the only time this resolution seems more unshakeable than at the beginning of every year is after you leave the oral hygienist’s practice.

9. I will be on top of my budget.

This is the year. You can feel it. You are going to start saving, and not spend a single Cent on anything you don’t strictly need. It’s time to create a budget plan and stick to it.

It seems to work okay at first, but damn, budgeting gets so tedious, and where is that receipt you put away, and what was the point again?


10. I will reject technology and stop wasting time.

That’s it. You spend far too much time locked into a screen – your phone, your computer, the lecture presentation, the TV, your tablet, video games – they are everywhere. Enough is enough. You will not touch your phone before bed anymore. You won’t play video games for more than 30mins at a time, and you absolutely won’t use instant messaging unless the content is important. And you will delete Facebook. Enough procrastination.

Hm, but that message could be important, so better check. It’s your favourite show – TV can be educational. How often do you and your friend get to play video games together? The essay is easy, so a bit of Facebook or 9gag doesn’t harm anyone. And so it begins, like in every other year, that technology has more presence in your life than you prefer – or even realise.

How to Break the Cycle

None of these resolutions are difficult to stick to once you manage to crack the vicious cycle. It is possible, I promise, because I’ve managed to actually stick to some of mine.

Relax, I said some, not all.

But so can you. Let’s see if you’ve got what it takes, and conquer at least one of the things you intend to change about your student habits.

Unfortunately, there is no magic solution to this, and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. But what is perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you absolutely can change your bad habits and behaviours – which mean you actually can succeed in sticking to your student life resolutions.



Deciding what career path to follow can be a daunting task.  Paying the bills is a short term and necessary requirement when deciding what to study, but long term career growth – ensuring you are in demand and therefore securing your future is really the end goal.

As everyone is well aware, Information Technology is a rapidly growing industry offering numerous opportunities and where higher salaries are often given to those with a proven set of skills. With no signs of the growth and demand in the industry slowing down, long term career prospects of job satisfaction and job security are guaranteed.  With Microsoft certifications, you are able to take advantage of these opportunities. Certification is an ongoing process and as most people know by now you never stop learning in the IT industry as technology and innovation is always on the move and at the forefront of what we do.

Therefore, let us have a look at the five Benefits to getting Microsoft Certified and keeping your skill set current.

1: Business Success deeply depends on Technology

Most businesses today are highly dependent on Technology not just to function but also to reach new heights of success as well. From small to medium business to large companies alike, it is very common for technology to take centre stage in terms of business strategies and to offer the solutions required to solve problems faced in the current day and age.

According to some recent industry studies, more than 80% of companies say that a lack of IT skills affects at least one area of their business operations. As we become more and more dependent on computers so do more and more people need certain skills at varies level. For example, it is one thing to claim that you are computer literate but it goes a long way to have a certification behind you to proof it. A company is much more at ease and likely to hire an IT professional that has a proven record of accomplishment and holding a current Microsoft Certification.


2: Knowledge is always Power

The knowledge of an employee is directly responsible for the way a business operates in many IT areas. It is therefore not surprising that that nearly all IT managers hold the belief that certificates are an important part of their teams overall performance.

Their skills and knowledge directly affect what solutions they can put on the table and ensure high availability of IT resources and plan for Business Continuity. This means less server and infrastructure downtime and the company also enjoy a better quality IT support service. These have more benefits than the indirect and direct costs associated with the certifications. For example, what is the cost to a company to send an employee on a 5-day training course versus having a 5-day downtime of servers and services? The answer is simple, the benefits always far outweighs the initial investment in your staff.

3: Increased Job Security and Productivity

Managers in hiring positions include having a certification as part of their hiring requirements. More than 50% of managers in IT hiring positions rate certifications as high value or extremely high value in terms of the validation of expertise and validation of skills of their candidates for jobs. They also place an emphasis on keeping skills and certifications current as the industry and demands in the business changes.

The main benefits to the company is a more productive IT team that has direct impact on employee productivity as well. The other benefit is that you have a reliable IT department that becomes an indispensable asset to the company’s operations.


4: Stand out from the crowd, be unique in your approach and skill set

Despite many other important qualities needed in IT staff such as dedication, perseverance an almost natural talent to troubleshoot problems and having the emotional intelligence to work under high-pressure scenarios, an employer will undoubtedly compare a candidate with various up to date Microsoft Certifications to a candidate with less certifications or none.

For a hiring manager the perceptions regarding certifications is that it shows a good work ethic and commitment from a perspective employee. It also shows that they are working in the company’s best interest by keeping their skills current to meet ever-changing demands. It makes it easier to place trust in an employee that has proven that they have the skills to do the job as well.

5: Certifications Increase Return on Investments, Improve Operations and promotes overall staff stability in terms of turnover

Most employees agree that if a company pays for their training and examinations they are likely to stay with a company, as it is mutually beneficial for both parties. The employee constantly gets to up skill and keep their certifications up to date, the employer has staff that is more productive and confident in their respective jobs, and roles that they need to perform.

Staff is also more likely to be promoted within the company and this leads to better job satisfaction. It also negates the feeling with IT staff that they need to find new work for a new challenge, this is dangerous as it often leads to frustration, disillusion towards the company or just staff burn out. All of which has the potential to cost the company in many ways.

Hiring new staff usually have a “teething period” so companies would love to keep their existing staff happy in a working system and promoting internally.


Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the industry needing to keep your skills and certifications up to date, or an IT professional whose career feels like it has stagnated in 2018, or you have recently entered the IT industry and would like your career to take off.  No matter where you are in your career, it is never too late to start or continue with your certifications.

Take advantage and come do the MCSA Server 2016 or MCSA SQL certification training. Already have the MCSA Server 2012, come and do the upgrade to Server 2016 course. Has your work recently started relying on Office 365 and the platforms it puts at the companies disposal? Well there is the MCSA Office 365 certification that can give you the skills to step up to the plate and move up within your organization.

Best part of it all is if your companies has Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV) you can use that for coming on training at ELMI.

Make your new year’s resolution one that is important for your future: Get Certified in 2019!


Take a look at the full range of ELMI Microsoft Certified Courses here.