There are a couple of factors that play into how difficult it is to get a job after you've earned a business degree. First, the ease of getting a job will vary depending on the relationships your school has with the business community. A lot of employers will target specific schools, usually larger more prestigious schools, and only take a handful of recruits from other schools. Second, it depends on the experience you gain while attending school. Many times, if you can get your foot in the door through an internship while attending school, you can transition to a full-time position upon graduation. Finally, it depends on the specific degree you will be obtaining. In fields like accounting and finance, there are employers with higher turnover rates so that there is often a larger demand for entry level positions in those fields making it easier to get a job right after college. More general degrees, like an degree in business administration, could make it more difficult to get a job right after college because you will be perceived to not have the specific skill set needed or you will not have the necessary academic hours for post-graduation certifications like a CPA.
The key to post-graduation employment is working toward that goal while still in school. Work closely with your career center and leverage any resources that are available to you. Being successful right out of school largely depends on your network and that first opportunity. Best of luck!
Derek recommends the following next steps:
- Work with your career center to update your resume.
- Coordinate with former alumni in fields that interest you and ask about their experience.
- Create a plan to identify steps necessary to get you that first job.
- Work with your career center to identify employers, specific positions and contacts in the form of industry professionals and school alumni to help build your network and find that opportunity.