Three Traits You’ll Find in Successful Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs tend to have certain characteristics that others may not have. Starting your own business takes a lot of hard work, risk and sacrifice. The hours are long and there are constant daily challenges that you may have to deal with 24/7. When you think of successful entrepreneurs, people like Bill Gates, Donald Trump or Mark Zuckerberg (to name a few) may come to mind. Many of these individuals have similar types of personality traits that stand out above the rest, which makes them among the most successful entrepreneurs in the business world. If you are interested in pursuing a career as an entrepreneur, check to see how many of the following traits you have. (You may in fact have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur!)
Leadership “Are entrepreneurs born or made?” This is a question that is often debated, but having strong leadership qualities is always present in a successful entrepreneur. Having a vision, assertiveness and confidence are all characteristics of an effective leader. While confidence plays a big role in succeeding in anything you do, a great leader also knows when to listen to others. Successful leaders and entrepreneurs often have strong communication skills and the ability to motivate a team by setting the standard by displaying positive work qualities and poise.
Passion Believing in what you do is an essential quality to being successful in any business. As an entrepreneur, you must be the biggest believer in the service or product that you have to offer. Having the belief that what you do is important is the foundation of everything – from self-motivation to the ability to kick-start your business to being able to handle any problems that arise. Even the most successful entrepreneurs dealt with multiple setbacks. Things are going to go wrong, and a successful entrepreneur is able to be resilient and learn from failures – without any loss of enthusiasm or getting sidetracked.
Flexibility Since successful entrepreneurs are risk-takers, they are not afraid of failure. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they make careless decisions but instead choose the calculated and best ones that will benefit their business. Adaptability is also a necessary trait, as one needs to be able to go with the changes and challenges within particular industries. Very rarely will business plans stay the same from start to finish when a venture is started. Successful entrepreneurs welcome change and innovations to help improve their products, services and businesses.
Here at Elmira Business Institute, we see plenty of enthusiastic and determined aspiring entrepreneurs (possessing all of the traits listed above) who come through our doors as Small Business Management students in our Business Administration associate degree program. If you feel you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, you can earn your certificate in Small Business Management in as little as eight months through EBI’s program. You will learn how to develop your own strategic business plan, analyze today’s market, and much more. For more information, simply complete and submit this online form. Or, call an EBI educational advisor now at 607-733-7177 for the Elmira Campus or 607-729-8915 for the Vestal Campus to get started!
This week is officially known as Administrative Professionals Week. Administrative Professionals Day (also known as National Secretaries Day) takes place on Wednesday, April 21st. This holiday has been celebrated ever since the International Association of Administrative Professionals held the first National Secretaries Day in 1952. Offices all over the world have acknowledged this day to recognize and appreciate all of the hard work carried out by administrative professionals and the tremendous potential of a secretarial career.
A lot of businesses and offices depend on administrative professionals because they play a pivotal role in many organizations. Today, this day/week has become one of the largest workplace observations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 3,947,100 secretarial and administrative assistant jobs in the US in 2012, with an expected 12% increase in the job outlook from 2012-2022.
Here at EBI, we offer our students an opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to be successful in a career as an office assistant. Working in the business world as an administrative professional can be a very dynamic career choice, as the job changes with the different needs of a specific job or employer.
Do you consider yourself as a people person and very organized? If so, you can train to become a key member in an office. If you should choose to enroll in the General Office Assistant program at EBI, you will be trained to work in a modern office, working with highly technical materials. You will plan and enter complicated statistical tables, combine and rearrange materials from different sources, or prepare master copies to be reproduced. There are many other job responsibilities that you’ll receive training in, such as using equipment to record, edit, store, and revise letters, memos, reports, statistical tables, forms and other printed materials.
Some additional tasks and skills that are covered in the General Office Assistant courses at EBI include:
Elmira Business Institute (EBI) is excited to announce the addition of their Human Resources Certificate Program. This 30-credit, eight month program is part of their more comprehensive Business Administration Program and is designed to help professionals increase their expertise in the principles and practices of the Human Resources field. EBI predicts that this program will be highly sought after by working professionals in the Elmira area.
Human Resources serve as a company’s primary liaison between employees and employees’ representatives. EBI has developed this program to train working practitioners in the field and help them specialize in the various HR tasks while preparing them to be strategic decision makers.
Prospective students of the Human Resource Program can expect to take courses in the following areas:
As part of a practical approach, students will participate in an externship during their final term, which will give them the opportunity to work in the field and evaluate a cooperating business (all under supervision).
For more information about the Human Resource Program, call Elmira: 607-733-7177 or Vestal: 607-729-8915 or complete the online application at http://www.ebi.edu/human-resource-mgmt.php. We look forward to hearing from you!
Deciding on a career path can be a bit overwhelming and exciting at the same time. Earning an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration can open doors to a vast range of occupations including careers as a marketing manager, human resource specialist and sales and office managers, just to name a few. Typically, Associate Degrees are offered as two-year programs at university business schools, community colleges and vocational schools. High school transcripts and SAT and ACT test scores may be required for admission to universities; however, career colleges and community colleges offer enrollment to students with a GED or high school diploma. For those seeking a more flexible schedule, some programs are offered part-time or online. Depending on the area of study, prospective students can earn either an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) or an Associate of Science Degree. (A.S.) Earning an Associate’s Degree in business may be all that is necessary to secure a job in the business world and qualifies candidates for entry-level careers in basic management and administrative roles in private, public and non-profit organizations. Associate Degree programs provide students with a foundation in business theory and technical skills. Many programs today emphasize classes in technology and computer programming to expand the skills necessary for jobs in data processing, bookkeeping, accounting, statistics and office administration. From major corporations to independent businesses, every operation needs skilled administrators who are motivated and organized. Although an Associate’s Degree in Business qualifies candidates for numerous career paths, we will discuss the following four in the areas of marketing manager, human resource specialist, sales manager and office manager. Marketing Manager An Associate’s degree in marketing management is a 2-year program that trains students for entry-level careers in marketing, business and advertising. This program is typically offered on traditional college campuses; however, some are offered entirely online. The minimum admission requirement is a high school diploma or GED certificate. Prospective students should expect to take courses in fundamental business principles as well as industry-standard marketing theory and practices. Additional areas of study may include courses in human relations, logistics, purchasing, market research and market analysis. Throughout the program, students will acquire skills in management, sales and leadership. Some programs may offer internships which allow students to gain professional experience before entering the job market. Here is a list of classes that may be a part of your program:
Graduates with an associate’s degree in marketing management are qualified to apply for entry-level jobs at marketing agencies, advertising firms or private businesses. Candidates are eligible for applying for jobs like: account manager, advertising specialist, advertising representative, media planning associate, promotions agent, sales representative or market analyst. Human Resource Specialist, an associate’s degree in Human Resource Management, is a two-year program that trains students for entry-level careers in the areas of recruiting, training, benefits management or administration. Coursework will provide students with a strong understanding of vital duties involved with HR, as well as knowledge of basic management and business principles. The minimum admission requirement is a high school diploma or GED certificate. Prospective students can expect to experience hands-on training in the basic skills used in HR. Students will learn computer, communication and administrative skills, as well as the basics of compensation structures, benefits management, evaluation practices, labor law and employee development. Here is a list of course topics that may be covered as a part of your program:
Below is a list of jobs in the growing field of Human Resources: Recruiting Jobs, an associate’s degree in Human Resources, may qualify candidates to screen applicants and participate in the recruitment process of new employees. Other duties and responsibilities may include:
Jobs in the HR recruiting field include:
Training Jobs, an associate’s degree in Human Resources, qualifies candidates to work in the training department of HR. Job duties and responsibilities may include:
Jobs in the HR training field include:
Benefits Management Jobs An Associate’s Degree in Human Resources qualifies candidates to work in the benefits management department of HR. Job duties and responsibilities may include:
Jobs in the HR benefits management field include:
Administrative JobsAn Associate’s Degree in Human Resources qualifies candidates to work in the administrative department of HR. There are many administrative functions within the HR department that require some knowledge of HR management. Job duties and responsibilities include:
Jobs in the HR administrative department include:
Sales Manager, an Associate’s degree in retail sales management is a 2-year program that trains students to manage and supervise the day-to-day functions of retail businesses. A high school diploma is the minimum qualification to becoming a retail sales manager, but generally the candidate must have several years of related experience. Earning an associate’s degree may greatly increase employment opportunities in retail sales. Prospective students should expect to take courses in foundational principles of business and management. Some employers offer training programs in management, human resources and business. Here is a list of classes that may be a part of your program:
Retail sales managers are supervisors who perform several duties on a daily basis. Job duties and responsibilities may include:
Office Manager, an Associate’s degree in office management is a 2-year program that trains students for entry-level and mid-level management positions. Some programs teach students through internships and coursework. Students may also be offered the opportunity to gain firsthand experience through some programs that allow students to complete a part-time practicum in a professional setting. A high school diploma, or its equivalent, is required for enrollment. Applicants may also need to complete certain mathematics courses prior to admission. Prospective students should expect to take courses in subjects like accounting, administrative procedures and financial analysis, as well as courses that may encourage them to develop verbal and communication skills. Other courses like common business practices, office technology and computer applications may be learned through hands-on experience with office equipment like working with Photoshop or Microsoft Office. In addition to the courses listed above, here is a list of courses students may want to explore:
Graduates with an associate’s degree in office management could be prepared to lead an office and manage the everyday functions and challenges in an office environment. Career options might include:
We hope this outline of prospective career opportunities for graduates with an Associate’s Degree has been an informative tool to help guide you toward a new career path.
The students enrolled at the Accounting Program at EBI can attest to this: Studying accounting is not like studying economics, psychology or history. Every course and each assignment builds on the previous courses and assignments. Accounting takes a certain type of person; one who thinks logically, with reason (and who reads this blog). In this article, we will delve deeper into what to expect when you’re expecting to become an accountant.
Accounting is a tough industry to break into. There are jobs out there in the accounting field that span across many different industries. If you are thinking about switching your current career and want to work towards becoming an accountant, it would be wise to look at various job postings in order to see what skills are expected for the type of job you intend to set your career goals on.
Studying to become an accountant can take years. EBI offers a much faster alternate option, with a 16-month Associate Degree Program in Accounting and an 8-month General Business Accounting Certificate Program for those who want to join the workforce in a comparatively short time. Graduates of these programs will be qualified to work as bookkeepers, cost accountants, tax preparers and accounting clerks, among other positions. Please note that students who want to pursue a more serious accounting career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) will need to pursue additional education in the field.
What to Expect When Working as an Accountant or Auditor
Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records, certify their accuracy, and ensure that taxes are properly paid and are on time. They are also responsible for assessing financial operations and help to ensure the organization is running efficiently. Most accountants and auditors can expect to work full time (at least 40 hours per week), but should be aware that they will put in longer hours during tax season and at the end of the budget year.
Duties of an Accountant or Auditor
Here is a list of typical duties required by accountants and auditors:
It’s important to note that in addition to the duties listed above, accountants and auditors must explain their findings (including face-to-face meetings with organizational managers and individual clients).
Types of Accountants and Auditors
There are different avenues of accounting in the world of business. Here is a list of the different types of accountants and the areas they specialize in:
Accountants and auditors are responsible for a multitude of tasks. Here is a list of important qualities that students should possess to be a success in their career:
Elmira Business Institute Offers a Wide Range of Degree & Certificate Programs to Further Your Career in 2015. With a new year comes a new beginning. A time to start fresh and reflect on where we are in our lives and where we want to see ourselves in the future. With 2015 upon us, most of us have already formulated a list of well-intentioned resolutions to gear us up for the year ahead. If planning for a new career path is on your list, Elmira Business Institute is the perfect choice for everyone from high school graduates looking to further their education to established workers looking to expand their knowledge or expertise in a field. Here is a snapshot of the degrees and programs offered at EBI. Associate Degree Program For prospective students looking to earn an Associate Degree, EBI offers the following areas of study in a 16-month program.
Certificate Programs For prospective students looking to earn a certificate in a specialized area in a short period of time, the following areas of study can be completed within 8-12 months.
Elmira Business Institute wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. If you’re planning a career change or considering furthering your education, we invite you to visit us online at www.ebi.edu to explore your options. From our family to yours, Happy New Year!
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