Having a business degree shouldn't make it hard to get a job after college - it's a great degree. It could be challenging if you're looking for a Wall Street type job, but otherwise, it's a great base to have, especially if you're going into a marketing role. Most undergrad degrees don't matter anyhow since you'll learn most skills on the job - employers are just looking for people who have challenged themselves in college and have some of the polish that the additional education adds. Plus, it's never bad to have business skills, such as accounting knowledge, the ability to read a company's annual report, etc.
A business degree is probably the most versatile college degree a future employee can possess. A strong business foundation is relevant to almost any career you'll have. Whether you get into a traditional business role such as HR, Finance or accounting, or general management....or you decide to be a doctor, start your own business, or even get into a career as a software engineer...a business degree is very transferable and useful.
That being said, if you aren't sure what you want to do career wise, a business degree helps cast a wide net in the available job pool.
A business degree is a great option that could open many doors for you. Once you figure out the specific industry you want to go into through networking or classes, you can take more classes that are relevant to that industry to enhance your resume.
Be sure to check out any business fraternities and clubs at your school to gain more exposure to job opportunities!
Hi! While looking at business programs, I think what will help you the most is figuring out what in the business field you're most interested in. Majoring in business is very broad, and often ends up turning into some sort of mix of communications, economics, accounting and marketing- but they're all so different and deep subjects!
Try reading (and by reading I mean skimming headlines, at least until you find things you like) magazines and online articles about business, technology, marketing, economics, and notice what pops out at you. You may be more drawn to certain subjects, and then you'll be closer to figuring out how a business degree can benefit you the most!
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Depending on what type of business degree you earn, there are various jobs and career opportunities in business. I had similar concerns when deciding on my specific business major, and my accounting degree has been a good decision as there is high demand in my field. However, I would recommend finding a balance between what degree will find you a job and also one you enjoy. Best of luck!
My advice is to specialize in finance or accounting or something like that if you want to go the business route, get an advanced degree, or start your own company. Business is a pretty generic degree for undergrad so you may want to consider having a minor in something more specific, or studying something specific on your own, that you're interested in, to round out the program.
A business degree is very useful. A offers a wide array of concentration opportunities: Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Operations, and more. Most Universities will require you to take intro classes into some of those areas. I would suggest before picking a concentration, take those intro classes into the concentrations, and try to envision what a career in those fields would be like. Most college professors have contacts in the field, ask for references and meet with professionals. I entered college thinking I would be a Marketing major, and ended up loving Finance 101, and changed my major the next semester. Good luck!
I think it really depends on what you're trying to learn. A place to start looking is https://www.linkedin.com/edu/, which can help you check out specific universities, and where people with a specific major ended up.
I studied Political Science in undergrad, and it taught me how to think, analyze, and problem solve. I don't use my degree directly in my day job though, but I figured out how to make sure I got the right things out of it. If you were to study business, you would have a bunch of transferable skills that employers are looking for as well.
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Hi Sean, this is a very insighful question. I would suggest you consider what area of business: Marketing, Finance/Accounting,
Human Resources, Management, etc., seems to interest you the most. If you are not sure, research the roles,responsibilities and career path of the various business specializations. An easy way to do this would be to research the business major concentratons on the web site of colleges you are interested in or top business schools. They will also list the courses, potential job titles, etc. You can minor in a business speciality as well. If you can determine what aspects of business excite and interest you, it will make selecting the type of business degree and major area of study easier.v Good luck!!!
Business majors are very useful and also worth the investment, especially since it is a broad major. The demand for business majors will always be high because there are always opportunities available that are in need of good business education!
This question is quite vague. There are many different areas in business that you can get a degree. A business degree in general has been stated to be helpful in getting a job; however, if you like a particular area of business, you may want to specialize. Personally, I enjoy math and started with a technology undergraduate degree that I complemented with a Masters in Business Administration. Many aspects of business did capture my attention later.
If you had a technical degree and background as I did, having a business degree (MBA in my case) helped me quickly understand the business world so it helped to level the playing field for what I needed to know. My business program actually did a year abroad (Spain in my case) and I had a chance to learn about the business world in US, but elsewhere as well. Would highly recommended such a program for those looking to do global business. It opens up the opportunities in so many ways (did 14 expat assignments, lived and worked in over 60 countries). Good luck!
I believe the key is to find a full-time role before you even graduate college because after you graduate it becomes more difficult to find a job as there are less resources available to you. You can get started by getting acclimated with the recruitment process/schedule at your school through your school's career center. At most business programs in colleges, there are typically companies that come onto campus that will recruit college students for internships(typically in the summer) that can convert into full-time offers if you perform well at your internship. There are also companies that recruit for full-time roles when you're in your senior of college. These will be the best opportunities for you to find a job before you even graduate because they're looking to hire someone from your school! Aside from that it's a good idea to build up your resume through on-campus jobs and experiences with other organizations on-campus. Also do try your best to keep up your GPA, as it is an important metric for most employers when they are looking to hire college students.
I have a business degree (minors in MIS and Finance) and found that it wasn't as useful until I coupled it with another degree (accounting). My business program covered various areas and didn't drill down as thoroughly as I wanted. When I started in my career, I found the accounting degree more useful (I was an auditor). However, as I've grown in my career, I've found the business degree more valuable as it helps me more strategic in my decision-making. Good luck in your decision!
Business is an excellent major choice as it can be used in so many lines of work. For example, if you are an entrepreneur, you will need business skills. Or if you work in a large corporation. In addition, skills you learn in business can also help you manage your personal finances.
With an Accounting/Finance (A/F) degree you can be considered for any of the other disciplines (marketing, management, sales, etc.) should your journey reveal that your area of interest lies in any of those areas you are still a strong candidate. If you did not choose A/F as your major but found you have an interest there it may be more difficult as some of the curriculum for those two subjects are typically necessary for you to advance in that area.
I graduated with an accounting degree but ended up taking a job at AT&T in Sales and I never looked back. My first three Co-Ops (at Northeastern) were accounting related but the third co-op was with IBM. I became enamored with the company and that led me to seek other opportunities within that company for my next and last co-op. The last co-op job was for IBM in sales/marketing and I gravitated towards the sales side. That led me to look for Sales jobs in the Information Technology area where AT&T made me an offer right out of college!
As for my accounting degree... well my wife won't even let me balance our check book. But I'm still with AT&T (going on 35 years now). Best of luck.