A career in business means a lot of different things to different people. It may mean pursuing your own grand, industry-disrupting idea with a fierce entrepreneurial spirit. For others, a career in business means locking down a stable and well-paying job in accounting. Some go into business because they enjoy the people-forward approach of human resources or the plate-balancing act of corporate event planning.
“Business” encompasses a wide umbrella of careers for a broad range of personality types. Still, there are certain similarities across the board – features, processes and mentalities you can prepare for before entering the business world.
If you’re a high school student (or the parent of an eager-to-succeed student), consider enrollment in an online high school. Here are four ways that an online high school can prepare you for a career in business.
Get Your Prerequisites Flexibly, at Your Own Pace
Let’s start with the most obvious way an online school prepares you for a business career: At an online high school, you can get the required credits you need for post-secondary business education.
Not only that, but you can do so flexibly, freeing up time to pursue mentorship, internships and other job opportunities. Because online schools give an allotted time for course completion (usually 12 months), rather than requiring your continuous presence in a classroom, you can earn creditswhile you make career connections.
Take classes like MCV4U – Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors – to help prepare you with mathematical processes. Or you can take BBB4M – Grade 12 International Business – if you want to take your ambitions global and focus on the world of business.
Learn Essential Soft Skills
Online learning instils in students certain invaluable soft skills. Because online learning is self-paced, students learn the value of self-guidance and independence, which are critical for business. Since online courses are completed over an allotted timeframe, students also learn useful time management skills. Critical thinking, problem-solving and communication are also cornerstones in the curricula of quality online high schools.
Adapt to the Modern Workplace
The modern workplace looks far more like online learning than it does traditional classroom learning. In an increasingly digital workplace, the young person with experience working, organizing themselves and communicating professionally online may have the advantage.
If your high-school-aged student has already shown a preference for learning in a digital setting, online schools may be perfect for them.
Leave Room for Mentorship and Job Experience
As mentioned, online high school frees students up for extra-curricular pursuits, including making connections to kickstart their future careers. Parents likely remember what it was like to hold down an evening job as they attended a brick-and-mortar classroom throughout the day. It was tiring and probably did little to aid their future career prospects. With online schools, students have the flexibility to pursue the opportunities they want – not just part-time evening positions.
If you, or your teenager, show an interest in pursuing a business career, prepare for success with an online high school.