I completed a diploma course in Business Studies five years ago and I would like to enroll for a Bachelors degree. I am currently working as an accounts clerk. However, I am failing to make a decision regarding which programme to enroll for. I would like to do either Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management.
Both programmes have their own career potentials and your decision depends on which career direction you would like to take. Since you are working as an accounts clerk, you may find a career in accounting and finance more appealing. Whichever programme you choose, your success or failure depends on your determination. In fact, there are many courses that Bachelor of Procurement has in common with Bachelor of Business Administration.
Bachelor of Business Administration gives you an option in your Third Year to specialise in different areas. The following are some of the areas in which you could specialise:
- Financial management
- Supplies and procurement management
- Human resources management (In Bachelor of Business Administration)
- Fundamentals of accounting (I and II)
- Economic theory and managerial economics
- Information technology
- Cost accounting and financial analysis
- Financial accounting
- Human resource management
- Company law and legal framework of organisations
Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management covers all the above plus the following:
- Procurement management
- Supplies management
- Procurement principles
- Legal issues in procurement
- Logistics management
- Merchandise planning and management
- International sourcing, clearing and customs documentation
- Stores and warehousing principles
There are a wide range of opportunities with internationally oriented companies as well as in the public and private sector.
Graduates of these programmes find themselves on high demand by Ugandan and other foreign firms. Recent graduates have found jobs as logistics and procurement officers, managers of clearing and forwarding firms, marketing executives, research analysts, accounts officers, industry equity analysts, international finance specialists, customer service personnel and numerous other management positions in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Graduates have found jobs in:
- The banking industry, in accounts sections, as relationship managers, or as financial accountants.
- Interfreight companies and NGOs as accountants and financial managers
- The telecommunications sector
The starting monthly salary range is sh1m and above, depending on the company or organisation.
Using entrepreneurship skills acquired from their study, some graduates of these programmes open private business companies such as clearing and forwarding firms.
Compiled by Jamesa Wagwau
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