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Is getting a degree in business management extremely hard?

Asked Central Point, Oregon

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

The most important and sometimes the most difficult part of attaining a degree is determining which would be the one best suited for you based upon your personality traits. During my years in Human Resources I have found that too often if something is hard to learn or difficult to take in, it is because it is in the wrong career area. Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many . If you are in the correct career you would view your studies as stepping stones to your career and find them challenging, but not extremely hard, or you might just be studying the wrong area.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##

Anchalee Anastasia’s Answer

Updated Piscataway Township, New Jersey

Hi. I have a degree in business management and I would say this is truly based off the individual. I had a passion for understanding business and how it works so the degree overall was challenging but I wouldn't call it "extremely hard." I will say that there were some classes that were harder than others for me such as Accounting and Statistics but some people take well to those subjects and it clicks to them.

Anchalee Anastasia recommends the following next steps:

  • Look at the degree program and the classes needed to complete the program at your prospective university

Cameron’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts

Hi, I have a degree in Business Management and now use it as a consultant helping different companies.

A degree in Business Management is not notoriously hard like Physics or Chemistry. I think the most difficult aspect is that it is quite broad and sometimes there is no "correct" answer in real life. Personally, I explored other programs in college and found that I liked how broad it was because I was interested in getting involved in different aspects.

As others mentioned here, the first step is definitely to explore what you would like to learn! Never let the "perceived difficulty" stop you from pursuing it.

Cameron recommends the following next steps:

  • Explore what you like about Business, compared to other programs. Perhaps reach out to online, or visit, a student at a school you are interested in.

Jillian’s Answer

Updated Los Angeles, California

I will say that a business management degree would be pretty challenging for someone who has a hard time with math.  There are a lot of pre-requisite classes that were challenging for me even though I am pretty good at math, but I took to tutoring courses that were very helpful.  Also a lot of those classes run on curved scoring system, which is very helpful.   It's worth it!

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