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How to become an operations manager

By Ben Madden

If you’re interested in the world of business operations, then you might find yourself drawn towards a career as an operations manager. Operations managers work with a variety of stakeholders in a business to help them achieve company goals, and it’s a great way to influence the success of a business. 

A career as an operations manager is a rewarding role for those who want to influence the success of businesses in a range of industries and can prove to be a role where no two days are the same. 

If you’re looking to pursue a career as an operations manager, then read on to learn more, as well as how the BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations) can teach you valuable business skills. 

What are the steps in becoming an Operations Manager?

There are a few things you can do to become an operations manager. Whether you’re someone that’s currently working in the business world, or you’re looking to enter the world of business, then these steps can help you work towards a career as an operations manager. 

Some of the things you can do include: 
  • Pick up part-time work/an internship in a business where you can learn from their operations manager
  • Network with people who are currently working/have worked as an operations manager
  • Attend conferences/webinars where operations managers speak about the future of the industry 
  • Speak to your employer/s about working with different departments within the business
As an operations manager, you’ll need to be comfortable liaising with internal and external stakeholders, review budgets and interpret financial data, create short, medium and long-term plans to set a business up for success and more. Getting hands-on experience can give you the confidence to chase after an operations manager role in the future, especially when paired with further study. 

If you’re looking to complete further study to help you work towards a role as an operations manager, then you’ll want to consider completing the BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations). It’s a course that can be completed online, allowing you to continue working/attending to your other commitments, and it’s a course full of practical skills that you can take into the workplace. 

What skills can I learn from the BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business (Operations)?

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The BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations) can teach you a variety of skills that can set you up for success. The skills taught in the course are highly desired by employers, helping you to stand out from the crowd when you go to apply for a role as an operations manager in the future. 

Some of the skills you’ll learn in the BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations) include:
  • How to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
  • How to apply business risk management processes
  • How to research and develop business plans
  • How to implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
  • How to think critically about what’s in a business’s best interests
  • How to solve complex problems confidently 
As part of the course, you’ll be able to take part in practical assessments that take place in a simulated workplace. This is an opportunity to put the skills you’ve learned as part of the course to the test, giving you the confidence to shine in your next role. Being job-ready means you can start looking for your dream career as soon as you’ve finished the course, rather than feeling like you need more time to be ready to climb up the career ladder. 

Upskilled’s BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations) also gives you access to the 12-month complimentary student membership as part of the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP). Being part of the AIOP gives you access to networking and professional development events, helping you to build connections.

You’ll also be able to take part in committees that will give you the chance to collaborate with like-minded professionals. 

How to enrol in a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business (Operations)

Enrolling in the BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations) is easy. You’ll need to submit an enquiry form via the Upskilled website, which includes your personal details and information on your current work situation. Once you’ve submitted the form, you’ll hear back from one of our education consultants within 48 hours.

Speaking with our education consultants is an excellent way to assess whether the BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Operations) is right for you, as well as what potential career options will be available once you’ve completed the course. Our education consultants can answer any questions you might have about the course, as well as the world of business operations.  

If you’re looking for a career as an operations manager, or looking to develop your operational skills, then Upskilled's BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business (Operations) can help. Upskilled provides a range of nationally recognised qualifications in a variety of industries so you can put your best foot forward in the workplace. 
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