Essays on Management Skills Learning and Development Plan Coursework

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The paper "Management Skills Learning and Development Plan" is a great example of management coursework.   I am currently a business student, studying to complete a master’ s degree course in accounting. This is a two-year business course where one attains a deeper understanding of accounting principles and trends. I am currently in the first of my two-year study, and at the stage where career choice and interests begin affecting choices of classes and areas of specialization. In the next three to five years, I see myself being an accounting manager in a major online marketing company. The current generation is one of the few that does not remember a time without some of the common technologies like mobile phones, laptops and tablets.

With the dependency on technology certainly set to increase, I believe there is enormous potential in the online marketing sector. Every few decades, the retail sector undergoes a big revolution. In the mid-1800s, the growth of the cities through the railroad network meant the incorporation of the large department store. At the turn of the next century, the mass production of automobiles saw the suburbs and the new speciality department stores challenging the original city-based stores.

In the 1950s and sixties, a new wave of discount chains took over the market, the perfect example being Walmart. At the turn of the next century came the digital retail revolution, which got off to a shaky start but is now slowly picking up (Rigby, 2011). Retail revolutionary trends in the past have taken approximately 50 years to mature and give way to the next. However, in my opinion, digital retail has such enormous potential it does not necessarily have to become a passing fad.

An online presence is no longer the clever business strategy but a necessity, with every business striving to become an Omni-channel organization.   About myself Several weeks of learning about self-evaluation tools and aspects of learning like the personal style inventory and PAMS, I have begun to get a clearer picture of values, personality type, strengths, weaknesses and learning styles. I have realized that I am an introverted individual, who much prefers going it alone. I have had a history of not being very outgoing or as competitive as I would like.

This is the reason why I would like to work in an online environment. I prefer being in charge of behind the scenes positioning of the company rather than being the conventional brick and mortar accounts manager. In the past, I have had low self-efficacy issues, not believing in my ability to push through with various tasks (Lunenburg, 2011). However, my confidence has been growing with my research and interest in this line of work. My introverted nature further enables me to concentrate on projects. I have always had an external locus of control, with many of my decisions and character influenced by other people’ s ideas and views (Hamedoğlu, et al. , 2012).

While many might view this as negative, I feel it is just what I require in my line of work. Having an external locus of control has enabled me to improve my ability to learn other people and their preferences, a must-have trait in the business field. This means I can take calculated risks out of years of experience reading other people’ s thought processes and ways of thinking.

The unique combination of being an introvert and having an external locus of control has enabled me to improve my ability to handle problems analytically and come up with creative solutions, even in less than straightforward situations as one is likely to encounter in the business sector.



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