Should You Return to College as a Creative Business Leader
Revised search engine algorithms, search engine optimization (SEO) meta tags, changes to major social network platforms like Facebook . . . so many changes. Just keeping up with the revisions and changes can make you feel like you’re back in school, learning something new all over again. Even if you focus on your business’ brick and mortar presence more than its online presence, new marketing strategies and tax and employment laws may find you questioning whether or not you should return to college as a creative business leader so you can stay abreast of the latest policies and procedures.
Should you choose to return to college to expand your business knowledge, make sure you check out the college or university’s credentials before you plop down tuition as the Internet has seen administrators at non-accredited schools boast about the schools’ academic offerings. You can check with the United States Department of Education (DOE) to find lists of colleges and universities that are accredited by agencies the DOE recognizes as not all accrediting agencies are recognized by the DOE.
You Can Get College Credits for Your Work Experience
Because you’re already operating a small business, when you file for admission to college, ask one of the admissions’ counselors if you can get college credits for your work experience. Also, if your time is limited, consider enrolling in an accredited online or distance learning business course. This way you won’t have to travel to and from campus to attend class.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to enroll in a degree program. You can extend your learning by taking certificate or diploma courses. These non-degree courses may take between three months to two years to graduate from. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can also take a few for-credit courses to work your way towards earning an advanced degree (e.g. MBA).
Typical Business Courses for Small Business Owners
If you’re wondering what types of specific business courses you can take, check out your community college’s and/or your local four-year degree granting university’s degree programs. To reiterate, you don’t have to get a degree to take many of these courses. Although the specific courses in your area depend on the particular college you attend, typical business courses include:
- Business administration
- Human resources
- Healthcare administration
- Management information systems
- Computer information systems
- Business law
- Analytics and statistics
You don’t have to shell out a lot of money to take a quality business course at an accredited college or university. Do try to enroll in a course that’s taught by a professor who has teaching and business working experience. Also review the course’s syllabus to familiarize yourself with the types of textbooks and examinations required to pass the course.
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