How Can I Learn to Be Savvy in Business?

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Are you interested in a business career but aren’t sure if you have the skills you need to succeed? Don’t worry! You can learn a lot of what you need to know, from the nuts and bolts of using technology in a modern office to understanding office dynamics.

If you don’t understand all the ins-and-outs of business now, with the right education, training, and experience, you’ll get there.  


Start with the Right Education

The right educational program will teach you the important fundamentals of business to help you begin your career. These include:

  • Business Communication: In business you will communicate with coworkers, supervisors, customers, and vendors.  The right program will teach you verbal and written techniques that will help you connect with different audiences. You’ll also learn the right way to write documents including letters, meeting minutes, reports, and presentations.
  • Project Management: As part of your job, you may be assigned complex projects that will require good organization and time management skills. You’ll need to know how to collaborate with team members and what steps to take from planning to completion.
  • Computer Skills and Applications: In any business you will need to learn how to be proficient in the computer software you will use every day. These might include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, accounting software like QuickBooks, or software that’s specific to your company and the industry it serves.
  • Marketing: To help your business be successful with its customers, you’ll need to know about the important aspects of marketing. You might be asked to conduct research on potential customers. Or come up with ideas to promote your product to help increase demand. How creative are you?
  • Human Resource Management: Because every business will have a staff, you should be familiar with the key components of human resources. These include recruiting and hiring, training, payroll and benefits, and legal requirements.
  • Accounting Basics: You’ll need a fundamental understanding of the accounting process with an emphasis on payroll and income tax. 


Have the Right Skills

In addition to what you learn in a classroom, you’ll need those soft skills that employers look for in new hires, including:  

  • Problem-Solving: Just as this skill is important in life, it is also valuable in the workplace. Problems are bound to happen on the job, and the most successful businesspeople will remain calm under pressure and use their expertise to efficiently solve them.
  • Decision-Making: Every day you’ll need to make important decisions that will affect the results of your day-to-day role. While your experience will usually lead you to positive outcomes, you will probably make the occasional mistake, as well. Along with the skill of making good decisions, you should also be able to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat them in the future.
  • Collaboration: Just like playing a sport, being part of a business is like being on a team. Because many projects will require a collaborative effort, you should be just as comfortable working as part of a team as you do as an individual.


Get Certified

Did you know that professional certifications don’t just help you learn a program really well? They can also set you apart from other applicants as you enter the workforce. They show employers that you are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile. Just a few you may want to consider include:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word


Get Started

If you are ready to be savvy in a business career, contact Career Quest Learning Centers and we’ll teach you how. You can earn your Associate Degree in Business Administration in as little as 15 months.  Give us a call in Jackson at 877-365-8144 or Lansing at 877-481-4930 today.



“I tried community college and it was not for me; I was just overwhelmed. I learn better in small groups. At Career Quest, it was almost like a family. Everyone’s willing to help one another and the teachers are awesome. I’ll be sad to leave!” 


“By the time you’re done, you will have the confidence that you can go out there in the field and do what you need to do.”