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Can an Agriculture business degree be used as a typical business degree?

Although this type of degree is based on agriculture practices, marketing and financial practices could be similar. I was just wondering if my degree could work more than one way so my I have options. #business #finance #marketing #agriculture

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Bethany’s Answer

Hi Perla,
I really like that you are already thinking about how to diversify your resume and how to get your degree for you. That's fantastic! I'll share my personal experience with you to help me answer your question. I have a bachelors degree in Philosophy and a masters degree in History and I work in the financial industry. As you begin to research jobs you will see that many companies want you to have at least a bachelors degree but they are not necessarily looking for a specific major. That's great news! One way to make an agricultural degree work for you in the area of business would be to do an internship that focused on an aspect of business. For example if you were to do an internship at a feed store or a mulch and soil provider you could learn about ordering products, inventory, and reconciling accounts. Most resumes will have a small section of experience "highlights" which is place where you can emphasize how your skills and experiences are fluid, or how they work in more than one area. This is great place to talk about internships or even specific classes that focused more on business.


Here's a great article on Forbes.com that has some resume writing tips for new college graduates. Notice tip number 3 where they talk about classes outside your major related the field you want to pursue. http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/05/10/how-to-write-a-resume-when-youre-just-out-of-college/4dcb00d850ca


I hope you find this helpful! What kind of business do you think you want to pursue?

Thank you comment icon Absolutely! I have a BS in Agricultural Business and went directly into sales. I continued on to earn my graduate degree in business administration and there is a ton of overlap between the two. It's all about how you position your skills and what you learned! Kaitlin Olson
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Kyle’s Answer

Perla,


From my personal experience a more general business degree is preferred unless your pretty sure you want to go into the Agriculture market. An Agribusiness degree is a blend traditional business courses and Animal Science classes to get you familiar with the market. I would agree with the previous post if you think Agriculture is where you want to be focus your internship focus there as well as take some electives from the Agriculture College. Best of Luck!

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