School for Thought: Why Study Management?

The need for driven, innovative leaders is growing.  With new businesses coming forth and old businesses needing an extra push in today’s competitive business arena, there are consistent job opportunities for aspiring managers like you.  Whether you’re a seasoned employee, an entrepreneur, or are just starting out in the field, now may be your time to take the plunge into the management position of your dreams.

Right now, you may be weighing the benefits of a management career.  Yes, on average, managers typically make over $98,000 a year, but what are the other perks of the job?  You may also be wondering the upsides of pursuing a management and leadership education. Why study management at all?

As a career-focused, leadership college in Connecticut, Goodwin has comprised the top five reasons why one should study management and leadership in a post-secondary institution.

  1. To Advance Your Current Career

One of the reasons that students enter Goodwin’s management and leadership program is to advance in their current positions.  They may feel they have already made it as far as they could within their field, given the levels of experience and education under their belts.  In order to move up and take on higher, managerial positions, they often choose to obtain a deeper understanding of business and leadership through management training.

Management and leadership training can help you take your career to a new level.  Right now, you may feel as though you have the job experience to advance within your current organization, but do not have the necessary leadership skills to do so.  This may in fact be the case.  If you have been in one position for a long time, you may have built up plenty of experience in that role.  However, you may be lacking the expertise on the other side of the business – the insight, the strategy, the team development.  In the world of management, business strategy and theory often surpass job experience.  The right management program can give you a broad, all-encompassing overview of the business environment and help you get to where you want to go.

  1. To Land a Management Position Right Out of College

The business arena today is highly-competitive, and its job market is no exception.  To land a career out of college, you will need to hold a specialized degree geared towards an in-demand career.  For those who want to pursue a leadership position after graduation, they may consider Goodwin’s career-focused management and leadership training program.  Specifically designed with career success in mind, this Bachelor’s Degree program prepares students for leadership careers in many different industry settings, including corporate, education, manufacturing, non-profit, as well as state or federal positions.

  1. To Start Your Own Business

Many of the students in Goodwin’s manufacturing and leadership program are self-driven innovators and entrepreneurs.  Most come into the program equipped with an idea for a product or business concept, as well as a strong desire to be their own boss.  What they leave with, however, is a strong skillset, business foundation, and knowledge of today’s growing corporate arena.

Truth is, most entrepreneurs do not start their journey with college courses.  Many do not know how to run a company when they first start out.  It is when they develop the skills, the training, and the strategy necessary to run a business and keep up with the ever-changing world of business that they truly become leaders.

In the beginning, you may not have an idea of where you want to take your ideas or plant your seed.  You may not know how to build the right connections, look for expansion opportunities, or foster a community among your team.  This is where a college-level management curriculum can help.  At Goodwin, you can develop the knowledgebase necessary to not only start your own company, but also run and develop your company for years down the road.

  1. To Make Better Business Connections

Just as communication is the cornerstone of all good business relationships, relationships are the cornerstone of great business success.  But how do you build these relationships from the ground up?  How do you make connections and network in such a competitive business arena?

The study of management goes much beyond the information that you obtain.  A major reason why so many leaders choose to study management is for the connections and network that they can build within the program.  In a management and leadership program, you consistently have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers, to gain insights from fellow students, and to work out any challenges or questions you may have through the program’s educators.  At Goodwin, we have strong connections with businesses about Connecticut, putting our students at a great advantage for networking.  Here, we believe building connections is a major component of management study.

  1. To Build Your Résumé Up

Right now, you may be thinking your resume looks sparse.  You may want to beef up the skills, the experience, and the training before you apply for that dream job.  You want your resume – and therefore you as an applicant – to stand out.  One perk of enrolling in a management training program is just this: self-development.  Through career-focused, leadership courses, you will be given the opportunity to develop a valuable, transferable set of skills that employers are looking for in candidates today.

In the current job market, employers desire managers who have dipped their toes into all aspects of business – from business operations to effective communication processes, from organizational ethics to strategy and statistics.  They often seek out applicants holding college-level degrees.

The leadership classes at Goodwin College take all of this into account when training our students for long-term careers.  Through specialized training, we teach students to manage innovation, change, and talent development as well as hone their interpersonal skills.  Here, you will develop the skills that employers are looking for, including:

  • Communication
  • Employee Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Facilitating Change
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Decision-Making
  • Supervision
  • Teamwork

Whether you dream of starting your own company, moving up the ladder into an advanced managerial position, or diving head-on into the corporate world, there is no reason for you not to consider earning a management degree. Instead of asking the question, “Why study management?” it may be more a matter of, “Why not?”

The benefits of management training are endless.  Take the next step in your career and become a leader.  Learn about Goodwin’s flexible management and leadership degree program in CT by visiting goodwin.edu/leaders.