Business Start Up and Entrepreneurship

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Have you got entrepreneurship and business skills? If the answer is no, but you’d love to start your own company, then a course in this field might be right up your alley. Entrepreneurs can offer innovative and profitable solutions to longstanding problems and inefficiencies. However, setting up your own business requires more than just a great idea. You also needs skills in finance, marketing and communications. Starting your own company is inevitably a risky business, but the odds are much improved by a good qualification in Business Start-Up and Entrepreneurship. Similarly, management is no longer the preserve of older people who have earned their position through many years’ service. Management today is a viable career aim for young graduates.

Business Start Up and Entrepreneurship Education

Many colleges and ITs have dedicated business management courses. They cover a wide array of business modules. As a result, they are an excellent springboard to management careers in public or private organisations. Furthermore, graduates can specialise through further study in areas such as human resources, accountancy, marketing, and so on.

Several third level institutions provide a degree in Business Studies and Commerce. Students learn the principles of management as well as core business modules. These include accounts, marketing, communications, business law, entrepreneurship, and human resource management.

Level 5 Business Studies programmes teach students the practical skills involved in running a company. These include communications, bookkeeping, marketing, and IT skills. Students do work experience to apply these skills in a real life business setting.

Business Enterprise and Marketing in Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education is a one-year programme. It gives students the planning, financial and managerial skills required to set up their own small business.

The Work

There are many routes into management positions. Graduates may wish to specialise in a particular area of management (e. g. marketing, financial services) by undertaking a postgraduate programme. Alternatively, if they are lucky, they may get a management traineeship. These positions, usually offered by larger companies, provide paid employment as well as a fast track to challenging and well-paid roles in middle and senior management.

Good management requires a number of attributes: a high level of numeracy, leadership ability, self-confidence and the ability to make tough decisions in difficult circumstances. It is the manager’s duty to ensure that all the various parts of a company work smoothly together.

Communication skills are particularly important. Managers should be approachable motivators. Anyone hoping to set up a small business need to be innovative, determined, and ready to work extremely hard to achieve their dreams.

Further Resources

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