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What classes and training are the most important to take when pursuing the business and management field?

Right now I'm taking 4 AP. classes and I want to look into dual enrollment. I have finished Algebra 1, Geometry, Alebra 2, and Pre Calc. I've taken Biology and Chemistry. I've taken AP Human Geography, AP Gov, and AP World History. I've taken 9th grade Lit and Comp as well as 10th grade World Literature. I'm on the business pathway right now. #highschool #dualenrollement #courses #classes #ap #college


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Matthew’s Answer

Hi Loren,

Sounds like you have taken some great classes and are very driven and motivated. In terms of building your business acumen, I recommend introductory level classes for accounting and management if they are offered. Each of these subjects has many connections to real life and can help serve as an indicator for what aspect of business you think you might like to pursue. I have often heard the saying that "accounting is the language of business", and that is true on multiple levels as accounting can open many doors and broaden your overall understanding of how businesses function. Management is often more people focused and can give you the tools to effectively navigate within a business organization.

Additionally, I recommend starting good habits that keep you up to date with what's going on in the business world. Reading publications such as the Wall Street Journal or listening to business focused podcasts are examples of how you might put these habits into practice.


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Bethany’s Answer

Hello,
I have my bachelor’s in business administration with a specialization in management and going to graduate school for management and forensic accounting. A basic accounting class is extremely important when it comes to any type of business degree. Accounting is the main puzzle piece with a business since that is the one piece that keeps everything afloat. Even if a degree is just focusing on management, for example, accounting is a need basic for the degree. I would suggest taking an introduction class for accounting. There are also free websites online, such as khan academy, to help you understand the basics of accounting. This is something else I would suggest as a perfect introduction for the class and gives you a heads up on what accounting is. An accounting degree is based towards the books and numbers, while management is learning about people.
Management is not only about "being the boss". There is also the focus on how to deter situations from happening, helping a business grow, helping others around you, and being a role model. A management personality is not something that can be taught, so taking different personality quizzes purely based on management is helpful as well. This was something else that we did in our undergraduate classes, and it would help in the long run to know what type of future managers we would be. There are also free classes online to help learn more about management or how to even become a better manager
I would suggest reading articles to help gain knowledge about business and almost any article work. I personally like the Wall Street Journal or BBC. If an article is not biased and is based towards facts, it is a good one to learn about business. It is important to keep up with the business world since everything is ever changing. No matter what, everything starts at the intro. Always ask questions when you do not understand, chances are, someone has the exact same question as you do.

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Simeon’s Answer

I would get a head start on marketing, finance, and accounting, especially accounting. These topics are foundational for understanding businesses and these classes are the ones businesses will ask about if they ask about which classes you took at all.

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