If you’ve just graduated high school, you must be feeling a wave of different emotions — the joy of making it to the next stage of your lives, the pride of achievement and the excitement of a bright future ahead of you. However, with this also comes the inevitable question: what’s next?
There is a myriad of different paths you could go down, depending on your own interests, passions, and goals in life. One that is both incredibly useful and extremely versatile is an education in business.
The study of business and related subjects are listed as some of the most popular subjects to pursue, and for good reason. Business graduates are in high demand worldwide precisely because they are educated in a field that touches upon almost every aspect of modern human society. On top of that, careers in business are often diverse and highly paid. This is the case in Canada: as a country with the 10th largest GDP in the world, business graduates are sought-after by practically all spheres in the economy.
For high school graduates with their sights set on a business-related career, pursuing a diploma is a solid choice. Acting as a bridge between school and university, the diploma not only gives you the essential theoretical knowledge you’ll need for further study, but also the practical skills to succeed in your chosen field.
Here are three colleges with business diplomas to set you up for a successful future:
Bow Valley College
Bow Valley College is a natural choice for any ambitious student. The college is dedicated to producing knowledgeable, degree- and career-ready students, and employs faculty with industry experience across its wide range of diploma and certificate programmes.
The college offers a Business Administration Diploma – General Business Major that equips students with a broad understanding of a multitude of business concepts. Over two years, students take courses across financial accounting, organisational behaviour, environment, social, and corporate governance, and more.
For a more focused curriculum, Bow Valley College also offers Business Administration Diplomas in Accounting, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, and Digital Marketing. Choose to study on campus or online across start dates in January or September — the college offers full flexibility for you to tailor your studies according to your schedule.
Those pursuing Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities will benefit from small class sizes, which allow for close mentorship from the college’s skilled and experienced faculty. This includes an award-winning Entrepreneur-in-Residence, who works with students and alumni who are aiming to start a new business or grow an existing one. It’s certainly an environment that is as motivating as it is inspiring.
The best part? Bow Valley College offers its students a direct pathway to a variety of Canadian institutions through established transfer agreements. Students on the General Business Diploma, for example, can qualify for a number of bachelor degree programmes in business at Athabasca University, Royal Roads University, and University of Lethbridge. You’re guaranteed to graduate with the skills and expertise you need quickly and without preamble to move forward — and realise your goals along the way.
Camosun College is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Its two campuses serve approximately 18,000 learners a year across a wide range of programme subjects and levels. Camosun’s education offerings include university transfer and applied degree programmes; career and trades training; upgrading and preparatory programmes; and continuing education.
“For more than 50 years, Camosun has earned a well-deserved reputation as a college that transforms the lives of learners and their families, while supporting communities, employers and industries throughout the region and beyond,” says Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO of Camosun College. “The creativity, dedication and hard work by faculty, staff and college leadership has ensured student success.”
The College has earned a reputation for teaching excellence – it is proud of its faculty, staff and students, and the fact that it provides one of Canada’s best learning experiences. Camosun is large enough to provide great services and facilities for a vibrant campus environment on beautiful Vancouver Island, yet small enough to offer students the individual support, care and attention not found in most post-secondary institutions.
The Business Administration Diploma – General Management Option is taught over the course of two years with a choice of starting in September, January, or May. Here, students gain a comprehensive business education and develop the practical skills needed to succeed in entry-level management careers. The curriculum ensures full flexibility for students to choose the courses that will be most relevant to their specific goals.
At Centennial College, students are prepared to enter the workforce from the get-go. With a presence in countries like China, India, South Korea, and Brazil, Centennial College has truly established itself as a global institution, backed by a 50-year expertise in coaching students to become fully-realised and capable learners and leaders.
From the classroom to the wider Toronto community, Centennial students experience the real world before they don their graduation caps. This has resulted in recognition and praise from employers, with more than 94% expressing satisfaction with their hires from the college.
Centennial offers industry-recognised full- and part-time programmes at its four Toronto campuses. This includes a Diploma in Business, which is geared towards students interested in obtaining an education in multiple business disciplines. In this programme, students gain knowledge and skills in contemporary global concepts, theories, and business practises across accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and operations — and much more.
“The teachers and the course content taught me a lot about the real-life aspects of business,” says graduate Azran Lee. Combined with this is an opportunity to get accredited by the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA) competency framework as well as the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification.
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