Client Success Manager at Concur
I faced a similar choice when I was 16. I received guidance to major in Business Administration, and it was one of the best decisions I've made.
A Business Administration degree is one of the most versatile, and applicable to life after college. You get the chance to meet great connections, become armed with the tools necessary to build your own company, and begin to better understand how the working world operates.
Regardless of the industry, all organizations can benefit from being run in a more efficient manner. Every organization has customers of some form (these can be students, citizens, patients, retail customers, business to business customers, etc.) and it's essential to know how to communicate and connect with them to lead an organization to success.
Within the Business Administration discipline, you'll also have options on where to focus. For example, I chose an emphasis on marketing, but had the options of finance, accounting, Information Systems,entrepreneurship, etc. In hindsight, I would chose the entrepreneur route, as I think it's the most applicable to life outside of college.
I feel that the experiences I had in college, and the work experience my degree enabled me to obtain, have prepared me to take on a variety of different roles. I don't feel tied to a location or an industry, because it's such a practical and applicable skillset across all industries. In your case, while agriculture may be your passion, a Business Administration degree can give you the tools to efficiently plan and run an organization that's focused on agriculture. And you can always look into certification programs in agriculture to supplement your education.
Best of luck!
Last updated Oct 13 '17 at 16:21
This professional recommends the following next steps:
Set up informational interviews with people working in the field you're interested in to understand what their day to day looks like, and what skills they need to do their jobs
Attend college fairs to understand the requirements for being accepted into a Business School
Begin looking into what agriculture certifications are available