What can I do with a business management degree?
I've been a supervisor for the last 9 years and I want to understand my options for my major. I will be graduating college this December and want to know the different paths of management that are out there #management #business #college #entrepreneur
There are 3 general categories for any job search: geography (where you want to work), industry (the type of business you want to work for), and function (what kind of work you want to do). Usually you can pick 2 as long as you are flexible on the third. Most companies want to see how your work experience is relevant to the work you want to do. For example, being a shift leader at McDonald's is different from being a Team Leader at Best Buy (but the work experience itself can be similar: managing employees, finding opportunities for improvement, managing projects, etc).
Business Management is a somewhat generic degree (meaning it isn't a specialty degree) which means you can pick and choose the venue you want it to apply to. However, you also want to shape your work experience on your resume (and when you talk in the interview) to align your skills with the job that you want. Before applying for jobs, I would recommend building your network and researching.
Once you have identified a general idea of what you want to do, find companies for which you would potentially be interested in working. Then find people you know or people on LinkedIn with interesting titles that work for that company. The goal here isn't to talk to the CEO or even a VP. The goal is to talk to people who are currently doing what you are interested in. If they are alumni of your school or friends of a friend, that's a great way to introduce yourself. Schedule some time (15-30 minutes) to chat with them. Have questions prepared for the meetings (try to make them specific to that person's job/expertise/company). These meetings are NOT to get a job, they are to learn.
What will naturally happen is you will get to know people who are in the right line of work and they will get to know you. THEN, if you decide to apply for a job with their company, let them know you are applying and ask for any advice they might have. Since you already got to know them, you are still not asking for a job, just advice/guidance. Some of these people may even help you get the job.
I recommend the book "The 2 Hour Job Search." It takes more time than 2 hours to search for a job, but the book is about how to simplify your job search and make it effective instead of overwhelming. Much of the advice above comes from the book.
Best of luck to you!
John recommends the following next steps:
Great that you have experience as a supervisor. This positions you to be able to apply to manager opportunities in fields/companies you are interested.
If you are interested in staying in the area that your supervisory skills were acquired maybe there is a career path or track that you can try to apply for. Can check with Human Resources or Personnel Department.
If you are interested in different areas, can search on line for corporations that may have opportunities or can possibly apply for an intern position that can get your foot in the door and once in can network with others you meet on your assignment for other opportunities or career paths.
Best of luck!
I graduated with a bachelor degree in business management and then took a master degree in IT managment.
If you have strong interest in the tech world, this is an option.
One very insightful way to think about starting your career is through a Japanese life philosophy known as Ikigai. This is finding your satisfaction and meaning or your reason for being. This thought is not only for living a long and happy life, but for setting yourself up for a long and happy career. The questions you should ask, be honest with yourself, and write down are:
- What you love (Passion and Mission)?
- What you are good at (Passion and Profession)?
- What you can be paid for (Profession and Vocation)?
- What the world needs (Mission and Vocation)?
Where this intersects is Ikigai or a well-balanced. happy life/career. This is a great place to start and and a great direction to head.
How do your current skills fit into what might be needed for this type of workplace? Do others in this company/industry have a similar path as your own? Using a networking site, such as LinkedIn will allow you to connect with persons of interest, as well as see their resume of work and path to their current career status.
With 9 years of previous work experience in a supervisory role, you can already have a start on previous management experience and can apply that to your next ascension in your interested industry (even if it doesn't involved your current work type). That would likely be a manager or asst. manager role, depending on the company's structure.
Consider what your next steps as a manager are and whether you feel you can make those steps fluidly. Are you confident you can lead a team on projects? Can you provide positive & constructive feedback to your team (especially constructive, as this can be difficult)? Are you willing to take responsibility for the success or failure of your area?
SO much is involved in management and you have to know yourself, from previous work experience to your own personality. What's your management type? What management type have you best responded to? Take all of these answers and figure out the manager you would want to be and own that, whether in an interview or once you get that next position upward.