Function - marketing, sales, customer support, product management, finance
Size/maturity - large, small, legacy organization
Industry - consumer products, consumer technology, biotech, business technology
If you are interested in entrepreneurship and building a business from the ground up, you may want to look for a role at a smaller, growing technology company where they are still trying to figure out how to build the company. There will be more ambiguity but you should gain access to more senior decision makers and adhoc mentorship opportunity
If you want to get a more well-rounded business experience, you may want to evaluate openings at larger organizations that will give you more opportunity to explore and network within the company. There will be more structure in your day-to-day, which may help you better research your interests and build a career path
I came to the conclusion business and sales was the path for me. I want to make a lot of money, have nice things, and manage money. I have an outgoing personality and and willing to learn, grow and hustle. But that alone is too broad. So you should narrow it down. You dont want to go into door to door selling or something that is mentally exhausting. Where should I look? Start at what interests you. For me personally I like the technology and medical industries because there is amazing growth, opportunity, and evolving landscapes in those spaces. There is always something new to learn. So I started applying to medical and technology sales jobs. I ended up working at an entry level job at an AMAZING company, Twilio. Now Im on a path to make hundereds of thousands of dollars before i'm 30. If I continue on this path I will be super connected in the industry and have enough money to start my own software company by my 30's or 40's.
Final note. Start by looking within yourself then look outward at the macro environment then narrow it down to specific companies you want to work for. Do everything in your power to set yourself apart from the competition and work super hard. Everything else will work itself out.
I am an Instructional Designer, so my passion is learning and development. I would recommend that you take a look at the field. At some companies it can be called Corporate Training, Talent Development, or even be part of the Human Resources organization. I like my professional since it allows me to use my talents to be of service to others. My job is in essence to help other people do their jobs to the best of their ability. And it can be fun. I create web-based training, videos, and content for leader-led training, in person or virtually. I was also a trainer for many years. It is a teacher for adults and around specific jobs. I would recommend you take a look at this site: https://www.td.org/
Learning and Development teams are an essential part of any business. Success in any endeavor is often achieved through training people to do the job at the right time in the right way.
If you're looking for a sturdy career where you know you'll have job security and steady income, finance and accounting disciplines are always in demand. You can also google online to see what the most in demand college majors are, but there's a chance that at first glance you won't like what you see. So on that note, here's what my experience was when I was trying to figure out in college what I wanted to do for a living:
I also knew that I wanted to do something business related when I first went to college. As a freshman, I took those business entry level courses, and that's when I realized there were a few subjects I excelled at more naturally. I ended up majoring in Economics at first, since I was good at it, but my junior year I switched to Finance after I realized that there were a lot more opportunities in that area. During my junior year and the summer going into senior year I participated in a few internships at different companies. These experiences ultimately shaped my career path and where I decided to go after I graduated college. So to sum things up based on my own experiences:
Derek recommends the following next steps:
Personally, I enjoy accounting because of the creative problem-solving. There is quite a bit of investigation and math and it's satisfying to make all your numbers balance correctly. In addition, accountants tend to work in teams and in modern-day accounting there is a tremendous amount of interaction between teams, clients, and even international firms. If you enjoy puzzles and working with others, accounting may be a good fit for you.
In addition, as an accountant you can explore virtually any type of business in any part of the world because businesses from all industries and places need accountants to keep their financial records in order. It is encouraged at my firm to do a global rotation and work as an accountant in other country or city for a year or two. If you are interested in traveling accounting may also be a good fit because a lot of work can be done remotely.
Vic recommends the following next steps:
It's great that you have an idea of some different fields to explore. From a Marketing perspective, I might suggest taking a look into some companies in the Marketing field near you and evaluating the different positions they offer. Most marketing companies have a wide range of positions including those centered around the actual marketing content creation (like designing advertisements for example) and others focused more on the financial implications of running a marketing campaign. Starting to narrow your focus on what kind of role you may want to pursue will help define where you should be spending your time from an educational and professional development standpoint.
Entrepreneurship is a fairly broad field - you can connect with small business owners or taking classes focused on what it's like to start your own business, but it does help to have an idea of what kind of business you want to start if this is something you'd like to pursue in the long term.
Best of luck!