Thank you for your question! I also wanted to be a business man when I was in school. What helped me narrow things down was to think about what parts of a business really fascinated me, and then identify specific goals from those aspects. The best way to do this would be to learn from examples. I started my search for a business area I wanted to work in by reading about companies I was really interested in: Apple, Google, Nike, Pixar, etc. Chances are if you pick a few companies that inspire you, then you will be able to find a multitude of online or written books/resources about them.
While exploring these companies I learned a few things about my interests. One was that I was not interested in the Finance aspect of companies (setting budgets, managing salaries, reporting revenue, etc.) and I was also not interested in marketing or advertising. The parts of business that most excited me was about the creation of the product/offering itself. Second, I learned that the technology industry was particularly interesting to me, so I began to look into those companies more.
Ultimately, from my searches I realized I wanted to be hands on with technology products in a product management job. Once I understood the industries and jobs of a business that I was inspired by, I started taking classes that aligned with those interests and searching for internships and summer jobs that would help get me some exposure to that area.
David recommends the following next steps:
- Research what industries inspire you most (ex. Technology, Film, Finance, Insurance, etc.)
- Think about the type of job you would want in a business, and what aspects of business are most interesting to you (Finance, Marketing, Product, HR, Legal, etc.)
- Seek out courses and internships / summer jobs that align with the industry and job functions you are curious to learn more about.