These five University of Melbourne courses provide you with real workforce skills

Ready to take the next step in your organisation but need a leg-up? With practical approaches, guidance from industry experts and delivery methods tailored for working professionals, these five courses might be what you need to give yourself a career boost.

Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership

This course gives you the fundamentals of leadership, including strategic planning, problem solving, managing people, and influencing others.

Founder and director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership Professor Peter Gahan says that workplace leaders need a hybrid of different skills and capabilities. “They still need to be able to utilise their technical skills, but perhaps more importantly, they need to develop and utilise skills in strategic planning, problem solving in relating to people, solving conflict,” he says.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re an accountant or an engineer or an architect, or whatever your professional background is,” adds Course Coordinator and Lecturer Dr Belinda Allen. “Sooner or later, if you want to be promoted, you’re going to need those leadership skills. It can have a significant impact in terms of people’s daily work experiences.”

Find out more about the Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership.

Master of IT Management (Executive)

While there's no shortage of people skilled in technology and business in the field of IT are plentiful, there’s a real need for research-based, up-to-date leadership training.

This new course is designed for current and aspiring leaders in IT, and aims to promote high-level strategic thinking. Subject areas include IT strategy, emerging technologies, information assurance, and outsourcing and contracting. You'll get the opportunity to network with high-achieving peers and world experts, and gain vital leadership skills.

Find out more about the Master of IT Management (Executive).

Graduate Certificate in Business

This course offers foundation studies in accounting, finance, management, marketing, economics and the quantitative tools required to run a successful business.

“A knowledge of economics is a foundation for working in the world of commerce,” says Jeff Borland, who teaches the Economics of Markets and Organisations subject. “It gives insight into how your business should operate, the workings of the markets where you'll sell your output, and the range of 'macro' influences that can affect the performance of your business.”

“The set-up of the course is fantastic,” says graduate Miranda Spencer. Miranda is an architect who has recently taken on an interest in the business side of her company, and says the course has helped her gain essential skills. She’s studied the course while continuing work, and started getting into project management.

“Being online means I can do the work from anywhere,” she says, “and the format of the platform is really working for me.”

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Business.

Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology and the Master of Applied Positive Psychology

This program explores science-based evidence around ways of building wellbeing, motivation and performance in organisations. You’ll learn different styles of leadership, ways of combating toxic cultures, and how to enhance happiness in your workplace.

“Really this course is of benefit to a wide range of people,” says lecturer Paige Williams. “Anyone in a general leadership role, people with HR responsibilities, independent consultants and coaches can all benefit from understanding the theory of positive psychology.”

“I would recommend this course unreservedly,” says Jo Fisher, a graduate of the Professional Certificate. “I’ve introduced positive psychology principles into my business through strengths-focused leadership and teamwork. It’s relevant to all facets of organisations, teams and for individual development.”

Find out more about the Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology and the Master of Applied Positive Psychology.

Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Management

“Every organisation has a supply chain, and is part of a supply chain,” says Program Director Professor Danny Samson. “It’s the heart of the organisation. It’s where cost, quality, delivery and innovation get decided.”

In this course you’ll learn about how to set up supply chains and operate them for maximum efficiency, and the challenges and decisions around technology, procurement and culture.

Again, it’s a practical course designed to be undertaken as you work, with outcomes that feed straight back into your organisation.

“I actually call it a three-way partnership,” says Professor Samson. “It’s between the University of Melbourne, the participant, and the organisation where you’re employed, which is getting real value.”

Find out more about the Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Management.