Is a business management class worth it?
Im in eighth grade and I want to be a copywriter (in advertising). Right now applications for high school are open. My local high school offers some good programs and has a lot of departments for kids wanting to pursue a career in business, technology and media arts. I wanted to know if a business management program would help with copywriting.
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One of the most important things you need to know while working in mass communications, especially advertising, is perspective. You need to understand how others will react to the work you are editing or producing yourself. You need to understand how your work can positively or negatively impact a business’ profitability and how business markets and target marketing works. Do as much as you can to get personal experience about different business practices, industries, cultures and people.
Having a strong business perspective will serve you well in mass communications and advertising.
Jason Rechtman, MA, MBA, LPC
The long answer- I worked in the field of mental health for many years before pursuing an MBA. The applications of any business class at any level has a universal application to all aspects of life. Taking a business management course will only teach you aspects of management that can help a career or company. Its also much better to take these types of courses earlier in life when they available to you without the associated cost. For example a single class in my MBA program was roughly $3,000. for one class.
Go for it.
The role of any copywriter (or a corporate communications professional, which is another option I'd recommend you look into) is to make the important interesting. It's hard to do that if you don't understand what's important, and why.
That's why it's important to be as well-rounded as you can -- that breadth of knowledge helps make you a far better writer across the many different industries you might find yourself working in over the years to come. Core business knowledge cuts across those industries, and will help give you the foundational knowledge you need so you aren't playing catch-up and wasting time asking the basics.