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Which 4 Business Courses Are Essential for a Business Career?

Justine Clan 2016-07-16 10:00:00

Business diploma programs offered by Ontario’s colleges offer students real-world knowledge and the skills and abilities to do well in today’s global market. Depending on where your interests lie, and which field you would like to join, you have several options when it comes to business programs, each of which will prepare you for your new career.


The Business Management program helps students gain a foundation in business subjects including those in e-commerce, management, and business law. In addition, they will take courses to learn technical skills necessary in this increasingly tech-centred environment. The program offers an emphasis on leadership skills, business operations, business planning, communication techniques, sales, entrepreneurship, and project management. Students will learn teamwork concepts, multiple approaches to problem solving, and practical technology skills.

They will also gain the confidence, communication skills, and professionalism needed in today’s fast-paced business environment. The course focuses on business-to-business sales and students will learn and practice needs analysis, relationship building, consultative selling, and the sales process. Some of the diploma modules offered may include QuickBooks, AccPac, Payroll Level 1, Human Resources, Professional Sales, International Commerce. E-Advertising, Business Plans, Excel Level 2, Business Law, Bookkeeping and Accounting, and more.

Once students graduate they may seek out jobs as human resource managers, administrative officers, and retail trade managers. Careers include Project Management, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Retailing, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Rand Real Estate.

Graduates may be able to earn a Professional Sales Certificate from the CPSA (Canadian Professional Sales Association) after two years of work in the field.


The Accounting Assistant program will give you basic accountant training and a basic knowledge of business principles. You will learn manual and computerized accounting systems; how to deal with balance sheets, accounting cycles, and programs like PowerPoint, Access, Word, and Excel. Some diploma modules you may be offered include Simply Accounting, Quickbooks, Windows Operating System, Sage AccPac ERP, Bookkeeping, and more. Some of the careers you may pursue with an Accounting Assistant diploma include Accounting Assistants, Bookkeepers, Accounting Clerks, Payroll Administrators, and Financial Assistants.


Students with an interest in business and a strong attention to detail may be interested in the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program. This offers students a foundation in fundamental accounting principles, accounting software, and other computer skills that will help them do well in today’s work environment. You will learn how to carry out essential accounting responsibilities, how to handle billing and payroll functions, and how to track financial transactions and records. Graduates may apply for membership in the Canadian Payroll Association and will get a Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification after one year of eligible work experience.

Some of the diploma modules you may be offered include Payroll Compliance Legislation, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Simply Accounting for Windows, Business Communications, Human Resources, AccPac, QuickBooks, Outlook & Email, Bookkeeping, and more. Graduates may apply their skills to a variety of accounting and bookkeeping jobs at private businesses with certified accountants, accounting firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and bookkeeping operations.



E-Business Administration courses offer students all of the skills of traditional business with the added skills in digital media and technology. Students will pick up an understanding of e-business development, business administration, project management, Internet security, business analysis, information management, financial management, business leadership, marketing, and more.

The modules offered will include those offered by the other business courses, plus others that go more in-depth in technology, software, and social media. Illustration, Business Law, Project Developing an E-Commerce Web Site, and Marketing with Digital Media are just some of the extra modules students will take. Graduates may look for jobs in professions like Internet Marketer, Content Manager, Online Support, E-Commerce Manager, and Online Distribution Manager.

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