Managers play a critical role in organisations around the globe. They steer the ship and manage the day-to-day operations to ensure everything is smooth sailing. Yet, according to Forbes, a Gallup survey has shown that 50% of employees who resign from their jobs do so because of poor management.

So, how can you ensure you have the skills you need to be an effective manager? What skills must you have to get that promotion you’ve always dreamed of so you can start getting paid what you deserve?

Here are 6 key skills you must have to be an effective manager:

1.Ability to think strategically

Managers need to have vision and a big picture view. They also need to have the knowledge and initiative to put strategies into action, as that’s the only way an organisation can move forward.



Effective managers are not resistant to change – in fact, they embrace it. They lead by example and guide their teams through complex organisational changes, addressing problems and supporting staff along the way.


3.Communication skills
Listening, speaking clearly, and getting key messages across without confusion, are all key traits of an effective manager.


4.Time management

Strong time management skills are an asset in the workplace, as managers need to constantly juggle competing priorities.


5.Skills in mentoring and coaching others

A great manager knows how to mentor and coach their team towards organisational goals. A strong understanding of how people learn effectively will help you to get the most out of your team.


6.Critical thinking and self-awareness

Great managers know how to analyse and evaluate problems, to make better decisions. Being able to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses leads to life-long learning, professional development and ultimately being the best at what you do.


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The Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning) can teach you all of these skills and more. Is it time for you to get a postgraduate qualification and a head start on your competition?

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When deciding to pursue tertiary study, you may find yourself faced with a myriad of decisions – Where should you study? What course are you interested in? And, most importantly, what level of qualification do you wish to complete? These days, graduate diplomas and masters’ degrees are popular choices, but which level of study is right for you?

Here are four main differences between a graduate diploma and a master’s degree to help you navigate the many options available to you:

1. Fast completion

A graduate diploma can be completed in just 12 months, whereas a typical master’s degree can take up to two years or more to complete. So, if you’re looking to upskill in a short space of time, a graduate diploma is a great way to do that fast.

At ECA, we know you’re busy balancing work and life. There are eight units to be completed as part of the Graduate Diploma Management (Learning), which you can easily fit in around your life commitments.


2. Salary boost

A graduate diploma has fewer units than a masters, so you will pay less for your postgraduate qualification. A master’s program can cost up to $60,000, depending on the university and course you choose.

A graduate diploma offers you an affordable postgraduate educational opportunity, which can lead to career progression and a salary boost. By enrolling in a graduate diploma, you’ll demonstrate your commitment to investing in your own professional development and career. As a result, you may be able to negotiate your salary into a higher pay grade upon completion of your course.

According to the Australian Government’s QILT survey program, including the 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey, the median salary for postgraduate coursework graduates working full-time was $83,300. Some senior roles command more than $100,000 per year.


3. Flexible learning

When you choose a graduate diploma, you will complete the core units of a master’s degree. This gives you further specialised knowledge and valuable insight into your chosen pathway, without the long-term commitment. But, most importantly, you will have a peace of mind knowing that, if you do decide to pursue your masters in the future, your graduate diploma can be used as credit towards that.

Our courses’ content is broken down into small chunks, so you can study when it suits you. This course is a flexible, 100% online learning pathway that even the busiest of people can fit into their schedule and complete successfully.


4. Kickstart your career

No matter which postgraduate course you decide to pursue, you can be confident that your new qualifications will show your employers that you’re serious about moving forward in your career. Keep ahead of your competition, give your career a kickstart and set yourself up so you can nab that promotion or new role you’ve always dreamed of. Postgraduate qualifications open doors.


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MBA courses continue to be very popular in Australia. However, Masters’ programs can be more expensive and require a greater level of commitment than a Graduate Diploma course. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider enrolling in a Graduate Diploma:

1. It’s a qualification without the commitment

A graduate diploma is a pathway to a master’s degree. It allows you the opportunity to study the core units of a masters without needing to commit to a full master’s program.

You can be confident, however, that if you do decide to pursue your master’s degree down the track, the units you have studied as part of your graduate diploma will be credited towards your master’s degree.


2. It’s more affordable

Embarking upon a master’s degree can be cost-prohibitive for some people. But, it is possible to obtain a postgraduate qualification without having to pay the price tag of a masters. Enrolling in a graduate diploma is a more affordable way to kickstart your postgraduate studies, while also being kind to your bank balance.


3. It’s flexible and easy to fit into your busy life

With ECA’s state-of-the-art e-learning platform, you don’t need to worry about how you will fit postgraduate study into your busy life. Flexibility is a key feature of the Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning). The course is 100% online, so you can study anytime, anywhere.

All course content is broken down into small chunks so you can study when it suits you and access your course on a computer or on a mobile.


4. Any postgraduate qualifications will make you more employable

A graduate diploma is a highly regarded qualification which can help move your career in the right direction. It can help boost your employability, whether you want a promotion at your current workplace, or you plan to move on to another organisation to take that next step in your career. It will demonstrate to organisational decision-makers that you’re ambitious and driven.


5. Get that salary boost you deserve

Our graduates have highly specialised knowledge and skills in the field of organisational learning and capability development. The pay cheque for senior roles in learning and development is reflective of this and recognises the high level of responsibility these employees have in building organisational capability.

According to the Australian Government’s QILT survey program, including the 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey, the median salary for postgraduate coursework graduates working full-time was $83,300. Some senior roles command more than $100,000 per year.

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