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What are some things I should know about majoring in business?

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Tasneem’s Answer

When majoring in Business you will usually cover topics such as Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Information Systems and Management. Many colleges will ask you to specialize in one of these areas. If you are good at math and have good analytical skills then I would say Finance and Accounting and good for you. If you are more a people person, interested in consumer behavior and sales and enjoy analyzing data then I would say Marketing would be a good pick. Any Business degree will usually ask you to complete courses in all the major topics before you need to specialize so you can get an idea of each. Hope this helps! Good luck! :)

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Maya’s Answer

Hey Xin Yi!

I echo what everyone else has said, but I want to give it to you from the perspective of a current student. In business school, no day in my courses is the same, and that's great because it means that I learn something new every day. As Daria said, there is a place in business school for everyone, and just because your major is one thing doesn't mean you don't have the opportunity to explore the other areas of business. I am a finance major, but I also have gained a lot of experience in marketing and supply chain in my prerequisite courses.

In business, you can basically access any focus you can think of; from banking and wealth management to entrepreneurship, to brand management companies and corporate finance and marketing. You will also gain skills that can apply to several industries too, such as technology, sports, entertainment, fashion, you name it! One of the biggest benefits of business school is the versatility that is offered, so whatever your passion in the business world is, I am sure that going to business school will help you achieve your career goals. I wish you the best!! :)
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Daria’s Answer

Glad to help! Business is a broad bucket and thankfully has something for everyone. What I've learned from my experience with an undergraduate degree in business is my interest changed over the years as my skills and experience changed, and the good news is the business is flexible! Those who are naturally inclined to math and more analytical skills may find finance and accounting degrees feel more comfortable. Those who are more people focused may be interested in marketing. As you take the foundational courses that are part of your business degree you may find your interests changing.
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Harry’s Answer

Both Tasneem and Daria have provided great answers. No need to repeat them. What I would like to add is how you make your decision on your area or specialization. As you are exposed to each business discipline really ask yourself if this is what you like. You may change your mind a few times - that is OK. Also don't get hung up in your Sr. year if you feel you have made a mistake. This isn't the end of your education, but just the beginning. My career moves went from manufacturing accounting to international accounting to International Customs to Production Operations to Customer Service and back to international accounting. Each change gave me more experience to move ahead. I wouldn't have changed a thing! Good Luck Xin Yi.
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Nicole’s Answer

Business is a very flexible degree and a great way to keep your options open, as several others have pointed out. Regardless of how you choose to specialize, a Business degree includes many foundational skills that can help you in any future career path. It's not only a great choice if you aren't sure what you'd like to do, but it's also likely to lead to many job opportunities right out of college + financial security in the long-term. In a Business program I would suggest learning all you can along the way and keeping an open mind. Look for little clues about what you like and don't like to help give you direction. I always loved math, which led me to a path of tax/accounting... then I moved into technology auditing... then consulting and business process work... and now I work in a business psychology type of role which I love. Good luck!
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Justina’s Answer

I would also recommend finding volunteer or internship opportunities. This gives you a chance to build your skills, an opportunity to be exposed to different business areas as well as see what a typical day looks like
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