How to become a Manager: Why Choose a Business Management Degree?

18 Nov 2020


The term “Manager” is used to refer to someone who is an individual with executive level responsibilities for several collaborators in key areas of a business. There are many types of management roles, including a manager, a unit manager, a project manager, a team leader, or an executive. Managers at this level usually have some sort of relevant qualification, like a Business Management Degree.

In order to be a Manager, one has to possess great interpersonal skills and sharp managerial skills that are often acquired in business and management schools. To make that first step towards being a Manager, there are a few questions we need to address first: Why do you train? Which course to choose according to your profile? How do you obtain a Business Management Degree? What are the possible employment opportunities after graduation? We outline all the information you need to choose a business management degree.

Why Take Management Training?

If someone tries to tell you that leading a team is easy, and that it only takes a little common sense to bring all the components of business together; know that this could not be further from the truth! Knowing how to give orders to others is not enough to manage an effective team, a manager must also:

  • Pilot projects in a collective and harmonious manner
  • Succeed in uniting individuals
  • Animate and motivate their team
  • Empower each employee
  • Manage conflicts to ensure team cohesion
  • Manage daily operations and implement actions to benefit long-term business goals

In other words, you can’t become an effective manager overnight. You need to learn how to become a good manager, and the Grande Ecole degree is the best place to learn. In a typical Business Management Degree, the main techniques and topics you will learn are: Commercial or Operational Management, Human Resources Management, Agile Management of Project Management, Management of Personalities and Egos.

Beyond these Management skills, you will also develop skills such as better communication, précised leadership, better management of your thoughts and emotions, client relationship management, and time management skills. All of which are incredibly valuable and are prime examples of what you get from a typical Business Management Degree. 

Benefits of a Business Management Degree

There are a lot of benefits to a business management degree, which don't all involve employment. Having a degree in business management can help with other areas of life as well, such a financial management and conflict management with groups. Although, a lot of students do complete business management degrees to advance quickly within the employment market.

Increase employability  

Not only doesn't a business management degree help in the employment market, but it means getting valuable experience and lessons during your learning. Having the exposure to different situations within learning will help prepare for those situations in the future. You can also specialise in certain areas of business management, so your niche really stands out when applying for roles.

Learn Multiple Specialities

If having a niche within a business management degree is not for you, you can specialise in multiple sectors. If you are already quite knowledgeable about one area of business management, turning your focus onto several others gives you multiple skills in different areas. Applying for more flexible roles in the future would benefit from this, if you're happy to spread your time over several departments.

Functional Skills

As previously mentioned, getting a business management degree isn't all about employment. Perfecting your functional skills is good with the workplace and also in real life situations. For example, financial management knowledge of your own money budget is something that is valuable in life.

Small life skills such as time management and problem-solving are skills you can learn within a business management degree. These are transferable within the workplace and within your everyday life, helping you be on time and plan your days for food shopping or other life tasks.

Network with Similar People

Network is hugely important for businesses, and meeting new people with your industry is valuable in the long run. It's easy to network and build a base of people who also are completing a business management degree. They may also introduce you to more liked-minded people, expanding the network even further.

Become Entrepreneur

If employment is not the route you want to go down, having your own business is another way of making money. Starting your own business requires a lot of different elements that some people may not even realise. Using skills learnt, a business management degree can ease the process of being an employee to owning your business.

What Are The Different Types of Management Training?

Variations depend on your business goals and industry niche, but you will be able to learn your trade as part of initial training or as part of vocational training.

Initial Training

From the end of high school, UK college, or sixth form, after obtaining your Baccalaureate, you can already begin your journey towards a management training program, whether in a program of Bac + 2 (BTS), Bac + 3 (Bachelor & BBA), or Bac +5 within a Grande École program. Most of the time, and this is the case for the vast majority of our courses at IPAG, as our BTS, Bachelor, or Master's courses are specialised. That is to say, you will learn applied strategic and operational management to certain sectors such as luxury goods, digital, international business development, real estate, finance, and logistics.

Continued Training

After several years of professional experience, an employee is often entrusted with the responsibility of managing a team of people. If this employee has not learned the basics of management as part of their previous experience or studies, a training course adapted to their professional development should be considered. The new managing employee can then use their available hours to acquire skills essential to the performance of their new functions. There is also an option to have all or part of their professional training financed by their company.

Beyond developing your skills, certain courses also allow you to obtain a Bac + 5 level diploma such as the Master of Management and CSR from IPAG or a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Paris. If you do not have a diploma but instead have great experience in management, you can also set up a VAE file (Validation of acquired experience) to have your skills in team management recognised.

What Opportunities are available after Management Training?

The opportunities are quite diverse and are dependent on the level of the degree chosen, and its specialisation. Depending on your professional focus, you can generally apply for the following positions:

  • Project Manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Management and HR advisor
  • Proximity manager
  • Service Director

For more information on IPAG Business School opportunities, browse our available courses.