Here's the type of courses you would take if doing associate in Business Management:
Principles of Finance
Business Analysis and Intelligence
Human Resource Management
Functional and Project Management
And the type of courses if doing a bachelor's degree:
Accounting for Business Managers
Business Law and Ethical Behavior
Financial Decision Making and Risk Management
Dynamic Team Development
Organizational Behavior Analysis
You can either do a general Business Management major or you can specialize it. My bachelor's was in Business Management but specialized in Human Resource Management (HR) and Management Information Systems (MIS). With this I could get any job in HR related field, management related field or most IT related fields. Which is exactly what I did with my first 3 jobs; IT support, Retail management, and data analyst.
A business management degree is a recognized credential for many job positions. This includes being a non-profit manager, business analyst, banker, marketing analyst, and management consultant. In fact, there are 14 concentrations and 21 related majors , check them out at:
People don’t generally start was managers, so almost all of the hard skills can be learned along the way. The soft skills such as people management and leadership skills are usually some of the things that people think are natural. A sort of charisma that makes people like you, an empathy that makes you an understanding leader, the confidence to hold your own in business… these are things that come from personality. They’re highly important if you want to be a good leader.
I suggest you get a book or two on business in your chosen field if it is present or get a basic understanding of business itself. I also suggest you read “Leaders eat Last” by Simon Sinek.
What you should be very aware of is that your first job will likely heavily sway which direction you go. I would pay close attention to where you begin for this reason. If you start in Marketing it may be harder to move to Human Resources down the road (though anything is possible).
A general business degree let's you have optionality during your starting point.
There are many fields within the Business Management and for myself I am on a Human Resource Track. I didn’t have any idea of the Human Resource field and once I joined an organization in my University, I was more exposed to the different areas. From professionals that we have met in the organization many can go into different fields. Some examples are benefits, talent acquisition, and training & development. These specific areas are some that interest me because I love when people know they can trust me, and I can offer my knowledge. Hopefully that offers some help of what I have come across in the Business Administration with a Human Resource Track.
Best of Luck!
business and management are very broad fields - people of different skills and aspirations will be able to find their own niche.
I work in the field of innovation - it's about bringing new technologies and ideas into my organization to offer our customers something new/ better, to lower the production costs or to reduce manual effort for our staff.
During my work week I'd need to relay on knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines:
- finance - to review the financial performance of project and to decide how to allocate resources
- HR - to be a good team manager
- analytics - to understand and interpret data in various BI systems
- PR and communication - to share updates and milestones externally or internally
- law - to extend a contract with a vendor
- IT - to discuss some new exciting cloud capabilities
From the moment I went into business I had multiple occasions to reinvent myself and I am constantly learning and growing.