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Why study business administration?

By Ana Isabel Alonsagay

Few areas of study offer as many in-demand, transferable skills as business administration. Covering all critical areas of organisational management – including finance, human resources, and general leadership – it’s an area any professional can benefit from, regardless of industry. 

Fortunately, demand is currently high among those with the skill set; offering plenty of secure, high-paying job opportunities. 

We break down these opportunities below, and the many other ways one can benefit from studying business administration.

What do you study in business administration? 

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A course in business administration (BA) will typically delve into a broad range of business-related skills, including the ability to organise meetings, oversee human resource (HR) activities, manage company processes, and more. 

Upskilled’s BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Administration), for instance, comprises units that explore the digital technologies, policies, programs, and HR functions that make up an efficient business. Individuals will also develop the soft skills to form and maintain healthy business relationships, foster productive workplace communication, further their personal development, and facilitate collaboration. 

As such, the training provided in a BA course can equip you for opportunities in a wide range of business roles, building a skill set that’s transferable across varying Australian industries. 

What are the benefits of studying business administration?

  1. Progress your career.
  2. Variety of specialties.
  3. It's a stepping stone into the business world.
  4. Boost your earning potential. 

1. Progress your career. 

As mentioned, a leading benefit to studying business administration is the opportunity to build a diverse set of valuable business skills. This includes areas of leadership, human resources, finance; and work, health, and safety (WHS) procedures. A deeper understanding of your organisation can help you advance to higher-level, managerial roles, as you’ll be better equipped to handle more complex operational tasks. 

With the critical skills to lead and motivate others, as well as optimise business resources, you’ll also strengthen your chances of landing supervisory or executive positions. Though plenty of business processes are bound to face automation in the near future, the “human” skills to inspire and develop innovative visions are likely to stay irreplaceable. 

Additionally, with every company requiring some level of BA skills, a qualification in the area can help open doors to a wide variety of career paths. If you’re not only looking to advance your role, but to also switch industries altogether – training in these in-demand areas can help you do so with ease. 

2. Variety of specialties. 

Business administration skills can lend to a vast range of related specialties, particularly in areas of management and leadership. Top jobs for graduates include: 

Human resources management.

Those in this role assist with the planning, organisation, and direction of a company’s administrative processes. This includes the recruitment of new staff, coordination of new business strategies, and the development of employee skills and team performance.

They typically spend their day-to-day overseeing worker productivity and advising managers on workplace matters; as well as maintenance of company programs (i.e. WHS programs, equal employment opportunity programs, etc.). 

Office manager.

Those in office management are responsible for a myriad of general administrative jobs – including (but are not limited to) the maintenance of workplace equipment, updating relevant business records, and supervision of personnel. They play a key role in retaining worker productivity, assisting employees where necessary and ensuring tasks are delegated appropriately. 

Project assistant.

Those in this role ensure all the necessary tasks of a specific project are executed as smoothly as possible. Under the instruction of project managers, they perform a wide range of administrative tasks, including project planning, documentation, and delegation. 

3. It’s a stepping stone into the business world.

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Qualifications in business administration are ideal launchpads for anyone seeking opportunities in the business world. By equipping you with the fundamentals in general management and human resources, you’ll learn to carry yourself as a critical, visionary leader in the world of business – with the crucial skills to form and maintain valuable industry connections. 

Depending on your course, you may even have the opportunity to put your skills to practice in a workplace environment. Upskilled’s certificate course, for instance, provides students with mandatory “simulated workplace” tasks comprising practical assessments. This trains individuals beyond theory and conceptual knowledge, ensuring they build the hands-on, “work ready” skills required to garner employer attention. 

Upskilled additionally offers free student membership with the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP), granting individuals access to a wide variety of networking events. This provides one with a head start in developing their professional connections and, in turn, their career prospects.

4. Boost your earning potential.

Finally, the career opportunities you develop through business administration training can consequently result in increased earning potential. Such courses demonstrate your understanding of multiple areas in business (i.e. management, marketing, finance, and business research), and thus showcase a broader, more competitive skill set among potential employers. 

As mentioned, the leadership skills you build throughout the program can also lead to higher-level, managerial roles – and thus, higher pay.

According to Payscale, the average BA certificate holder earns about $56,000 AUD per year. With further opportunities in general office, project, and human resource management, however; individuals can earn up to $100,000 AUD per year. 

For example, based on the top graduate jobs discussed above, individuals have the potential to earn:
  • $64,264 AUD per year in an average office manager role,
  • $91,581 AUD per year in an average human resources manager role, and
  • $100,143 AUD per year in an average project manager role. 

How many years will it take me to study business administration? 

The amount of time it takes to complete a business administration course will depend on your program.

Upskilled’s BSB40120 – Certificate IV in Business (Administration) takes an average of 12-18 months to complete. Studying for approximately 18 hours per week may take one 12 months to complete the course, while 12 hours a week may take 18 months. 

It's self-paced, flexible online delivery, however, allows one to study at a time and place that best suits them. This means those with current work, family, or educational commitments can easily undertake the course, helping build their skills for a promotion or career change with little disruption in schedule. 

Exploring all the fundamentals for effective workplace communication, management, and problem-solving, Upskilled’s business administration course can help prepare you for fulfilling roles in the business realm. 
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