Discover Governance: Use your law or business degree to start your career with the board

Last month, we hosted a webinar on how you can use your law or business degree to start your career in governance.

Last month, we hosted a webinar on how you can use your law or business degree to start your career in governance. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it again, here.

The webinar demonstrated how a law or business degree provides you with the foundation you need to be a company secretary or governance professional and how it can equip you with the skills you need to start a career that spans multiple sectors. Whether you are a sixth form student, university student or a recent graduate – or you support those who are – we can introduce you to a career path that is rewarding and impactful. Our series of blogs will answer your questions, in particular, from university students or recent graduates looking to find out more about a career in governance or the role of the company secretary.

This blog will answer the questions put forward to our Membership team here at The Chartered Governance Institute.

What is governance?

Governance is the system that identifies who has power and accountability and who makes decisions. It enables the management and the board of an organisation to deal effectively with the challenges of running it.

Good governance practice ensures that appropriate decision-making processes and controls are in place across the organisation so that the interests of all stakeholders (employees, investors, suppliers, donors, funders, volunteers, beneficiaries, clients, regulators and customers) are balanced.

The need for organisations to demonstrate good governance is more significant than ever, and having trained and qualified Chartered professionals to deliver it is increasingly important. Employers and practitioners value the professional development services that we provide as a benchmark of quality.

Will employers sponsor employees to take the Chartered Governance qualification?

It is indeed very common for employers to cover the relevant fees for their employees. However, this is something you need to address with your employers.

Can you take the qualification internationally/where is it recognised?

Yes, we have students from every corner of the world. Our qualification is studied online via your e-learning platform (your MyCG), which can be accessed by any device with an internet connection and web browser. Our qualification is recognised internationally as we are the only governing body in the world with a royal charter for the governance and secretarial industry.

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