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What career can I land with a busniess degree?

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I am currently majoring in business and many people around me as well. Even though I am majoring in business, many family members and friends around me don't agree with me pursuing this major. The most common reason is "You won't find a job." #business #career-counseling #career-choice #entrepreneurship #business-development #international-business #business-analysis #small-business

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Maria Lita’s Answer

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Hello Lillian:
I am not sure why people discourage people about their pursuit to a career path. "You won't find a job" is not encouraging, but rather inappropriate.The fact that you made a decision to major in business is you feel that is your interest, or passion, or your strength. Being a major in business myself and a career advisor as well, I can tell you pursuing a job right after college was not a problem at all. Courses taken in business are transferable skills applicable to other industries other than in business field, For example, my first job was Teller in a bank, then Sales Rep, then Flight Attendant! Having learned and understood the human relations management, customer service skills, computer and office technology skills, etc-made me qualify for the jobs! Later on, I moved to teacher position - teaching in higher education, and currently Associate Director in Career Services in a College. Business major students have a wide array of choices, whether in health and wellness, hospitality, IT, finance, etc. Seek and you will find it.


Dont get me wrong that these came easy, but with my patience, hardwork, perseverance, and focus to better myself, I did it! So again, it is all up to you to make it! Anyone who challenge, face the challenge and prove them wrong if this is the resolve that you want to pursue!
Advises from Ken and Tony, both professionals in their own field, are awesome! Check them out!


Best!
Maria

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Tony’s Answer

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Lilian,
Ken has given you a very good response to help you understand the types of careers you can land with business and your areas of interest. In your question you mention people around you say you won't be able to find a job with a degree in business. First there is no guarantee that any degree will get anyone a job offer upon graduation. However some degrees have a greater likelihood of helping a student get an initial job offer. Below are the top and bottom five degrees for getting at least one job offer according to Forbes. Business, accounting and economics (all very closely related) are in the top five.


This list doesn't give you an indication of the salary amounts of job offers but that will wildly vary. The list isn't intended to include job-types that require additional graduate/post graduate education (doctors and lawyers).


After you consider the list below you should go back to Ken's note and work through his suggestions.


Percentage of student applicants who had at least one job offer by the time they graduated #62cfddbd7509">Link to original Forbes Article
Top 5
Computer Science: 68.7%
Economics: 61.5%
Accounting: 61.2%
Engineering: 59%
Business Administration: 54.3%


Bottom 5
Communications/Journalism: 33.8%
English: 33%
Environmental Science: 30.5%
Education: 28.9%
Visual & Performing Arts: 27.8%

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Ken’s Answer

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Hi Lillian!


Business Administration is an important and very broad area. Perhaps these sites will help you to see into it more clearly:
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers/college-majors/business-majors-the-basics
http://www.worldwidelearn.com/online-education-guide/business/business-major.htm


Best of luck! Please keep me informed. i would like to follow your progress.

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Lidiane’s Answer

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With this degree you can do whatever you what, you can focus on finance, supply chain, logistics, planning etc..
You just need to identify what are your skills and land on it!
Maybe in the future a MBA more focused on a area!

Go for it! dont worry about what people think you must do, do what you know you are capable of
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