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Five great jobs you can do with a business certificate course

Updated on June 1, 2014
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A certificate lll in business is a broad and versatile course that offers numerous career opportunities more than just administration work. Thousands of students are choosing to study this course with the recent introduction of the Certificate lll Guarantee Program making it even more desirable as a study option. The Queensland Government began the program on July, 2013 to provide subsidies to assist eligible Queenslanders to obtain a certificate lll level qualification. To find out more information on the Guarantee you can visit the Queensland Government website.

However before applying you may be wondering what career opportunities there are for you in studying a certificate in business? Many people think that studying business will only get you an office job sorting out files and doing all the mediocre work for a company. However this is just a myth as you will be surprised by how many options there are for business students in a variety of interesting areas.

To just give you a few, here are five cool jobs that you may not have thought of which students with a business certificate are eligible for:

Event Planner

Organisation, problem-solving and patience are a few of the key skills you learn in business but are also highly-perceived skills in becoming an event planner. Event planning involves the careful planning of events from the big to the very small details. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts favourable job prospects for event planners with employment in this field expected to increase by an impressive 33.2 percent by 2022.

From planning video game expos for Nintendo to planning the Quiksilver Pro tour, the opportunities that you can pursue with this occupation are endless. You will be able to discover career options that suit your interests so that your job can also be your hobby.

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Promotions Officer for Non-for-Profit Organisation

If you are looking for a rewarding job that gives back to the community then you may want to consider working in the non-for-profit sector. Just like the corporate workforce, non-for-profit organisations also require staff in marketing to promote the goals of the organisation. Technical, interpersonal, creative and analytical skills are all required for this type of job which are taught during a business certificate course.

One of the main perks of working for a non-for-profit company is that your colleagues are passionate about what they do and the work culture is very inviting. However it also can be just as challenging as a corporate role at times. If you are unsure about going into this sector, then try volunteering first for your community. Plenty of these opportunities can be found on volunteeringqld.org.au. Experience with volunteering will also be highly-regarded by prospective employers.

Most non-for-profit organisations require business personnel so you will be able choose an area you are passionate about. Some examples of organisation you could work for include the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Wildlife Warriors, Make a Wish Foundation or RedKite.


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Hospitality Administrator

This type of job is for people who enjoy interacting with people, are organised and have financial handling capabilities. If you have ever pictured yourself managing a beachfront hotel or a high-end restaurant then you should consider a career as a hospitality administrator. A business course will get you highly-qualified for this type of job as you will learn skills in budgeting, customer service, teamwork and staff management. A main advantage of applying your business course to the hospitality industry is mobility. You will be able travel and work in new exciting locations with the experience you have gained. For example, after a couple of years working in the Hilton you might request to be transferred to work in a different city to enjoy a new environment.

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Human Resource (HR) Specialist

HR specialists have a critically important role in an organisation as they are responsible for effective management of all employees. Day-to-day tasks can range from recruiting new employees to addressing compliance issues or answering questions about employee benefits. Patience, flexibility and teamwork are skills you will need to learn in your business course for this career.

Many organisations have a HR department so you will have to search around to find a company that really interests you. For example, you could work in HR for Tourism Queensland or for Coca-Cola.

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Public Relations (PR) Specialist

PR specialists are responsible for generating and maintaining positive relationships with the public. Some common tasks include creating communications materials (press releases, presentations), acting as a spokesperson for media inquiries and preparing press conferences, media interviews and speeches. Social media management has also recently become an integral part in PR.

Some cool examples of jobs in PR include being a communications director of a large company such as Google, a press secretary for the government, a media specialist for an educational institution or a PR specialist for an advertising agency.

If you are considering pursuing any of these careers then start by researching your education options. For more information on business courses and the Certificate lll Guarantee Program then visit the Cairns Business College website.

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