What You Need to Know about Professional Short Courses

December 07, 2015 |


If you want to find a rewarding career, one of (if not the) most important things you can do is to gain an education. An advanced degree is going to open new doors and provide possibilities not available to individuals without one. The job marketplace is competitive, and if you want to stand out, a degree is the way to do so.

danielspioneer-psc-01Focused and Advanced Education

While earning an advanced degree is incredibly important, it’s not the only thing you can do to give yourself an edge. Here at the Daniels College of Business, we provide a number of professional short courses that are designed to supplement, compliment, and augment your existing abilities, allowing you to reach your full potential at an accelerated pace. Whether you want to switch to a new field or you need a specific certification in order to advance in the company you work for, our short courses will provide you with everything you need. Here is a quick overview of what our short courses offer and how they can benefit you.

Short Courses Offered

At the Daniels College of Business, our short courses are designed with busy working professionals in mind. The courses cover a variety of business topics and take place all throughout the year, ensuring any busy professional can find a program to meet their schedule. Each course is unique in its focus and goals, but all of them are designed to help improve your overall abilities through seminars, leadership training, workshops, and enrichment programs. Here are a few of the courses that are available this year:

  • Daniels Certificate of Professional Development: This is a customized development short course program where students work towards a Graduate Business Certificate or take part in specialized training. If you take up to 16 credits you can earn your Graduate Business Certificate, though you may take as many or as few courses as your professional goals require.
  • Insights Discovery: Learn more about yourself and the people you work with through a comprehensive personal profile that can be completed in as little as 20-30 minutes.
  • Leadership Intelligence Series: This series covers a variety of leadership topics throughout the year.
  • Business Analytics: This short course focuses on acquiring, understanding, analyzing, and implementing various forms of data. This will help both small business owners and working professionals alike.
  • Exam Preparation Courses: These courses are designed to help you study and successfully complete advanced tests or certifications. Current preparation courses cover the SHRM CP Exam.

danielspioneer-psc-02What Will You Gain from the Experience?

Whether you are a graduate student or a working professional, it can be hard to find time in your busy schedule to add even more responsibilities. Because of that, it can be hard to justify filling what little time you can come by with something as rigorous as one of our short courses. While we know you are busy, we want you to know that our short courses are designed to help you reach your dreams and achieve your professional goals, and are well worth the time required.

One of the most important things you will gain when participating in a short course is a greater list of connections and colleagues you can rely on. Many experts and analysts agree that anywhere from 60-80% of jobs are filled through networking and direct relationships. By taking a short course at the Daniels College of Business, you will meet new peers, professionals, and educators who will have networking connections that can help you grow and expand in your chosen field.

Next, the short courses will help you learn very specific traits, abilities, skills, or even programs. It takes very specific skills and knowledge in order to succeed in your business role, and gaining a greater understanding of a technique or learning a new one entirely will only make you more desirable in the workforce.

Finally, the courses will help you stay current on any trends, technology, and advancements relevant to your field. Even if you have an advanced degree, methodologies and technology can both become obsolete over time. The courses will ensure you stay in-tune with developing trends.

danielspioneer-psc-03Adapting to Your Needs

Professional short courses are designed to fit the lives of busy working professionals and boost your performance through rigorous, hands-on coursework. Our courses take place on the weekend, at night, throughout the summer, or over the course of a semester. While scheduling will vary according to the course, you are guaranteed to find something that will work for you. Even if you work more than 40 hours a week and have a family, you can find time for a short course.

The courses will not only fit your time, but your budget as well. For example, the Insights Discovery evaluation will cost you no more than $250 (with special discounts available to alumni and government employees). Other programs, such as our Graduate Business Certificate program, will cost approximately $1,142 per credit hour. And when you consider any short course is an investment in your future, enrolling will be one of the easiest decisions you ever make; the hard part will be deciding which courses you want to start with!



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