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I'm in the 10th grade and I really want to pursue the business career path, but I'm not completely sure what business field I should look into?

Some of my interests include clothing and fashion, exploring different designs of houses, traveling to new places, and being in control of making decisions. #entrepreneur #fashion #realestate #business #management #marketing


Hi Loren, Business is an extremely versatile field to go into! I would suggest you explore the career path by listening to business-themed podcasts, talking to current undergraduate business students, or creating a LinkedIn to connect with business professionals. Entrepreneurial management is a sector of the business career path that I suggest you look more into because it essentially encompasses the field you're describing of wanting to go into since it is designed for students wanting to start their own business, build something from scratch, and experiment in new ventures by tying in their passions and drive for change. Hopefully this helps explain a bit more about the business sector and the opportunities surrounding the field. Best of luck on your college journey:) Alexandria V.

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Olivia’s Answer

Hi! Loren, or other people wondering what specific major they want to pick, it is good to know that for most colleges you can go in as a general business major or you can pick something and change your major later (always check on the requirements for declaring a major though). You will be required to take many different courses the first year or two, and that will give you a chance to figure out which subject you like best. You will also meet professors during this time who can mentor you and answer any questions you have. For you, there are different options. For example, you could have one business major, or you could major in business and minor in fashion merchandising.

It is also a good idea to join clubs. There is a club for almost every major on most campuses, so it is really important to get involved and meet other people. Making friends with other students and asking questions to professors will broaden your network, and give you the ability to talk to people who might give you advice on different majors. Most of the time you do not have to be a specific major to join a club. Remember that it is okay to start in one major and change it along the way, I did that and everything has been working out just great!

Start with what interests you and then build from there. If you select your interests first it will lead you into career options according to your interests. Crystal Durr

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Julio’s Answer

Hi Lauren and thank you for your question. I have a daughter that followed this path exactly. Questions for you:

- Being a high school student, are you already in a fashion high school?
- Have you looked into taking summer classes in the industry, many colleges offer this before you actually decide to go there so you can be exposed to the career.
- Have you considered an internship? this way you can be exposed to the field either in fashion or interior design.
This is a very fun field and full of opportunities, my daughter went to school for Fashion Business and is really enjoying it. She went to FIT in New York for fashion business and is a buyer now for a major retail chain in the US selecting the fashion that will be n stores in the next season and buying it from manufacturers.

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Macy’s Answer

Hi Loren!! This is a great question. It sounds like you have a variety of interests that could translate to many different business careers! It is definitely hard to know which career path to take at first, but it is important to know that you don't need to have it all figured out right away! In your first year or two of college, you will be taking mostly general classes and you can also take a few classes to explore which path might be right for you. Based on your interests some business paths that come to mind are entrepreneurship (you could own a fashion design company!), real estate, international business, and management (wide variety of options!).

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Julie’s Answer

Hi Loren, a business degree is VERY versatile, so you have several options that can land you in a great field and industry. A great path for you might be a business degree and then trying to enter the retail/fashion industry for example based on your interests. Within business, there's Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Management and more that you can specialize in. I have a friend who majored in Accounting and now works at Nordstrom, another friend who majored in Marketing and works at Burlington Coat Factory procuring various fashion items for the store. A business degree will allow you to get the skills to then transition into your industry of choice!

During your first year of school, you'll probably take Introduction courses that will introduce you to these different career paths. You don't need to stress about picking a major right away, as these classes will help expose you to what you enjoy.

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Atul’s Answer

For an undergraduate in a business school - you have to decide what you enjoy today.

1) Accounting - do you enjoy crunching numbers all day long?

2) Marketing - do you enjoy selling and have skills to be in front of people?

3) Finance - this is one of the hardest undergraduate degree - can you do financial analysis and work long hours?

4) Management - do you have a people’s skills?

5) Economics - do you enjoy reading and like forecasting.
Try to do a dual major to be successful.

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Karen’s Answer

Hi Loren,

I was in the same situation as you and my advice is to take a little bit of everything. Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, etc. I thought I would want to dive deeper into the marketing side myself but after taking some HR courses I realized that was where my passion truly was. I wouldn't have known until I looked in that direction. Good luck!

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Debbie’s Answer

A good option to explore would be housing architect. Architects typically work for themselves so you would be your own boss 😊 and once you get established you can choose where you want to work too.

Debbie recommends the following next steps:

Search for local architects and ask one of them to talk to you for a few minutes about their job. Most of them would be honored to do so!!
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Atul’s Answer

For an undergraduate in a business school - you have to decide what you enjoy today.

1) Accounting - do you enjoy crunching numbers all day long?

2) Marketing - do you enjoy selling and have skills to be in front of people?

3) Finance - this is one of the hardest undergraduate degree - can you do financial analysis and work long hours?

4) Management - do you have a people’s skills?

5) Economics - do you enjoy reading and like forecasting.
Try to do a dual major to be successful.

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Atul’s Answer

For an undergraduate in a business school - you have to decide what you enjoy today.

1) Accounting - do you enjoy crunching numbers all day long?

2) Marketing - do you enjoy selling and have skills to be in front of people?

3) Finance - this is one of the hardest undergraduate degree - can you do financial analysis and work long hours?

4) Management - do you have a people’s skills?

5) Economics - do you enjoy reading and like forecasting.
Try to do a dual major to be successful.

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Ryan’s Answer

Hey there!

As a current business student, full time analyst, and small business owner, I think any business degree is going to be super helpful, but here are some of my top picks for you based on your interests:

Management: Management is one of my majors and I love the courses! In college, you'll take HR courses, organizational behavior, and organization structure courses in addition to other business classes like finance, accounting, and marketing.

Marketing: This is a great major if you're interested in sales or advertising. Your course load will include normal business classes as well as detailed courses in personal selling, sales management, and advertising.

Entrepreneurship: Most colleges don't offer an entrepreneurship major for undergraduate students, but many schools offer a certificate program or electives than you can take while completing your bachelor's degree. This is a great option if you want to start your own business.

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Josh’s Answer

As several of the other answers have noted a business degree is very versatile. Any idea needs some structure to make it happen. That can be the business around making a fashion happen, or running the production for a toy company, or working in a non-profit to make sure that the mission of the non profit is accomplished as efficiently as possible.

One thing to keep in mind is that you are unlikely to get your dream job out of college. You are likely to end up with a job that fits with some of your skills and passions, but not all of them. As you have jobs early in your career it is important to learn what you can at each job, learning about different industries, what kind of work you like to do, what kind of company you want to work for, what kind of work environment you work best in, as well as picking up best practices from each job that you have. As you move from job to job it is important to learn from what worked well and what didn't work well at each company, so that you can put yourself in a position to succeed.

It is impossible to predict all the directions that your career will go, so learning as much as you can, and using each job as a stepping stone to the next one is the best advice that I can give.

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Atul’s Answer

For an undergraduate in a business school - you have to decide what you enjoy today.

1) Accounting - do you enjoy crunching numbers all day long?

2) Marketing - do you enjoy selling and have skills to be in front of people?

3) Finance - this is one of the hardest undergraduate degree - can you do financial analysis and work long hours?

4) Management - do you have a people’s skills?

5) Economics - do you enjoy reading and like forecasting.
Try to do a dual major to be successful.

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