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Can someone share an overview of a career and/or degree in business management?

I am interested in the subject of business management, but I am not yet fully convinced.

Thank you comment icon I'm about to graduate with a degree in business management. I'm not sure how most schools work, but my university has the management major split into two concentrations: HR or Entrepreneurship. I'm pursuing the entrepreneurship track and can tell you that my classes are very relevant and focused on the business world. We learn about different management styles and strategies for leading a group of people. A lot of the classes have group projects where we come up with a business idea or build a business model canvas or consult for company. sarah

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Pedro’s Answer

Hello Javier. I work with businesses as management consultant. I have studied economics, finance and business management.

A degree in business management can be very interesting if you like quantitative subjects like math, and it also touches on very practical, "real-world" topics like operations management, organizational behaviour, entrepreneurship and marketing, which can interest you if you like to learn topics that are more applied vs. theoretical and abstract. Typically you will also have experiences like entrepreneurship workshops or masterclasses with business owners, managers or entrepreneurs.

Careers in business can be extremely diverse depending on what interests you the most, so I would encourage you to do research on what can potentially interest you. You can work as a business manager, leading teams in a business across any industry; you can work in finance, maybe as a banker, or as an accountant, or you can start your own business. Each of these can be very different. ideally you will find a career path that will suit your personality and interests!

Best wishes

Pedro recommends the following next steps:

Conduct research in business courses that may interest you
Conduct research in different business careers that can be interesting for you
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Betty’s Answer

Good question, Javier! I started my career as a software administrator during the dot com era and after 9 years of working 24/7, I decided to transition over to project management. This required a completely different skill set and I felt compelled to go back to school to obtain my Masters in Business Administration. While it's not a requirement to have a business background to get into management, I would say it's definitely more beneficial than to not have one as not having a degree may automatically filter you out as a suitable candidate for the management job you apply to. It's helped me to advance my career because the strategies and plans I formulate at work are now grounded in the curriculum and principles that were taught in my business school.

Does your question relate to the fact that you're unconvinced you need a degree in business management or on the profession as a whole?
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Melissa’s Answer

I can relate my own personal experience with a business management degree. I knew I was going to lawschool after college, but I wanted a good overall degree in case lawschool didn't work out for some reason. I figured all businesses need managers, so I ended up doing a double major (Business Management, Marketing). One of my capstone courses required us to come up with a business idea and plan everything out as to how to start it. I did end up going straight to lawschool after college, but having taken those courses helped me feel confident enough to manage my small office when I opened a small private practice.

All businesses need good managers, and a business management degree is a good foundation. And as a bonus, if you decide to start your own business one day you will have more knowledge to work with. Best of luck to you!
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