While working on a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business management, valuable skills like accounting, analysis, and human resources are drilled into students’ heads. The skills most valued by employers, however, are the unspoken ones. Some of the skills, such as public speaking, are learned directly with general classes offered in a business management course while others are offered outright as elective courses such as Problem Solving and Time Management. The unspoken ones are more difficult to find and develop.
The most important skills professors attempt to encourage in a business management course without speaking directly about it are people skills. Business management deals with people from peers and employees to customers. As such, the skills required to interact with people have the highest importance.
Listening skills are just as valued in business management to enable leaders to listen to customers and determine how best to meet their needs as they are to help employees learn innovative ways to grow and improve. However, in a business management course, there is no course specifically on listening. Instead, students are expected to develop the skill to listen to the teacher (as a customer) for what is required and to their fellow students (as peers) to broaden their options when working on assignments.
Teamwork is required, especially in a management situation. A business is made up of a group of people with different skills and background knowledge. The ability to work as a team towards an end goal increases the chances of coming to a better solution. Yet again, Teamwork is not a class offered in a business management course. This skill is encouraged, unspoken, by professors either assigning or suggesting groups to work on a project. The better the teamwork, the more freely ideas and solutions can be shared, which improves the final outcome for everyone concerned.
Career and Self-Management Skills
Many of the career and self-management skills a new manager is expected to have learned in a business management course overlap and blend together. All are equally important, however, and are developed and encouraged by professors through the course of a business management program.
Organization is valued if for no other reason than to help a manager keep track of and have ready access to all the tools they need be it time, files, or people in the business structure. Some highly successful programs will offer an elective course on specifics in organization, but developing the skill to keep information and tasks organized falls to the individual.
In today’s business world, technology is often required. Computer skills are needed by those in business management to stay informed on current trends, keep in touch with their network and customers, and be aware of the possible paths by which to their business. A modern business management course requires its students to grow computer knowledge through word processing, presentation development, and project planning and analysis.
Finally, unspoken skills learned in a business management course by successful students include hard work to meet deadlines, perseverance when a project seems too large or intimidating to complete, handling tense situations found when working with the wide variety of cultures and personalities found in the business world, and the ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment. All these and more are valuable skills that are rarely, if ever, spoken of in a business management course.
Those looking to not just attain a good position but excel in their career after completing their course of study should strive to develop and nurture the unspoken skills that every employer seeks in prospective managers.