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The best managers inspire, empower and educate others – they play an important role in developing the skills and abilities of employees and create new opportunities to help people stand out in the workplace.

As the workforce undergoes constant change, managers of the future are going to need new skills. From leadership and communication to business intelligence and data analytics, we’ve collated the most essential management skills you’ll need to succeed in your career in our 20-page career guide.

Top management skills employers look for

  1. Leaders who can inspire, empower and educate
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  3. Ability to build diverse teams
  4. Business intelligence to make informed, data-led decisions
  5. Entrepreneurial skills and business acumen

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Discover the essential skills managers need to succeed, career opportunities, and industry trends in your free 20-page career guide.

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Management Jobs

Depending on your area of expertise, you’ll have the option to specialise in specific areas such as marketing, finance, accounting, event management or business consultancy. You’ll be able to pursue roles within SMEs (small-to-medium-sized enterprises), innovative new start-ups, charities, not-for-profit organisations, or even launch your own business. Some of the jobs and roles you may consider include:

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Project manager

Project managers ensure projects are delivered on time and according to project plans; manage project team resources; schedule, prepare and resource forecasting; manage vendors and suppliers; and manage project budgets.

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General manager

General managers plan and direct the operations of companies or public and private sector organisations; duties can include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources.

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Management consultant

Management consultants offer strategic and objective advisory services to help organisations improve productivity and performance; and provide advice in areas such as change management, financial performance, restructuring and human resources.

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Risk manager

Risk managers assess and identify potential risks that could adversely impact the reputation, safety, security and financial prosperity of a client or organisation; and implement processes and procedures to ensure the client is prepared to deal with any potential risk elements.

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Business manager

Business managers oversee and supervise an organisation's activities and employees; work in a small business as the owner or reporting directly to the owner; work in a larger company overseeing an individual department, such as marketing, sales or production.

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Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs use initiative, commercial acumen and broad-ranging business skills to develop or transform a product or service into a profitable business.

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Innovation manager

Innovation managers ensure an organisation has the capability to develop innovative strategies, products, services and processes; champion innovation, evaluate and improve the organisation's innovative capacity; facilitate innovation within the organisation.

Looking to change your career?

It’s never too late to pursue your passion. If you’re looking for a new career, UniSA Online’s 100% online Management degree is a great place to start. This degree will give you the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for while giving you the flexibility to continue working while you study.

Want to move up in your current role?

You may currently be managing a team and want to hone your leadership and communication skills to advance your career. Or, you may want to embark on a career change and think management is for you. People interested in a management degree can come from a range of roles and industries including:

  • Office manager
  • Practice manager
  • General manager
  • Finance manager
  • HR manager

Whatever your goals may be, studying online is a great option for people looking to upskill or launch their new career. Our 100% online Bachelor of Business (Management) will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a leader and help make your resume stand out.

Study Management 100% online

Get a solid grounding in key business disciplines through industry and business-focused courses, and develop the expertise to manage resources and projects in a global business environment.

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