A career in business is not as straight forward as most
would like to think. There are so many career choices
in this category that you can almost definately find a
job that suites you.
- If you are good at crunching numbers and like the
satisfaction of making a profit, accounting might be
the way to go.
- If you like the thrill of closing a sale, you might
want to consider a job in marketing.
- If you like working with people and helping them solve
their problems and putting a smile on their faces, you
can work in customer service.
There are many options but a major part of being successfull
in business is diversity. You should consider specific
skill in business as the stepping stone to your career
and not your career itself. Starting out as an accountant
or marketer, is usually one of the many jobs you will
have the benefit of learing in your tenure, if your have
a successful career.
Being assertive and getting involved in the workings
of other departments is a great way to excel in your business
career. If you feel that you have the ability to adapt
to change, and you don't mind the hassle of maintaining
a professional look and attitude, a career in business
is a good choice.
There is a false understanding that a degree
in business is the only way to be a successful business
person. There are many people who entered their careers
as an entry level employee with no degree or formal training.
Some of these individuals go on to hold very high and
well paid positions in the business world. There are also
very successful people who go on to start their own businesses
without a college degree. This is an option, but it is
not recommended for everyone.
Starting your career without a business degree can drastically
affect your career growth. Most positions in business
require degrees, not because the degree guarantees that
the person has the necessary skills to perform the job,
but because there is a stigma in the business world.
Being realistic, a degree does not measure a persons
qualifications, it just represents a persons ability to
complete a major undertaking. It can be looked at as a
right of passage or form of haizing.This is the reason
why some people who have technical degrees end up in business
and vice versa.
Getting a business degree is recommended for most people
because it gives you headstart. Instead of starting at
the bottom of the business ladder you might start a step
or two higher depending on your abilities and communication
skills. These factors are usually revealed in the interviewing
process and on your resume.
Don't be fooled that a degree will guarantee you a good
job, you should be sure to practice your communication
skills and build your resume with work experience. Be
proactive and build a solid package including your experience,
degree, and communication skills.
Which business degree should you choose?
You should pick a subject that you are weakest
at. If are naturally good at sales you might need to build
on your math skills by taking up accounting instead. The
reason behind this, is that it gives you more flexibility
in the work force. A financial background is a good foundation
in business. It prepares you to fulfill the purpose of
all business, making money.
If you are natural in math, but can not sell you might
want to concider marketing becuause you have to be able
to sell yourself in the business world. If you are saying
to yourself, "I can't sell, and I suck at math,"
don't give up. Most degree programs touch on aspects of
each area. The best thing to do is make the best of your
education and use your real world experiences to build
on your weaknesses.
If you are saying "hey I still don't know waht degree
to get" it is simple, go with the most challenging
curriculum for you. This allows you to maximize your results
and better prepare for future real world challenges. This
method also makes it easier to pursue other less difficult
degrees while you are in the process of building your
Remember you can always go back for more. There are masters
and doctorate degrees available to give you an extra boost
if you need it. Or you can just focus on using your real
world experiences to get to the level you want. Take a
look below at some of your degree options. Also contact
a college to find out more about the curriculums and what
you will be learning.
Starting your Business Career
Age doesn't matter when it comes to your career.
You could be fresh out of highschool or a veteran of the
work force. When you decide to get your career started
you need to plan your steps thoroughly. Remember that
a degree alone will not guarantee you a good job. You
need to build your work experience and communication skills
as early as possible.
It is best to build these skills either before or during
your education process. The reason behind this is, becuase
you can apply some of the skills you learn from you college
curriculum and learn the skills that are not taught in
school. A good example of this is your communcation skills.
This is not something that can be tought necessarily.
A person has to conciously make an effort to learn how
to get their points accross effectively through trial
Without communication skills it becomes difficult to
channel your knowledge effectively and deliver good results.
This problem greatly ristricts your career growth. This
ability greatly impacts your ability to conduct a good
interview or deliver a good presentation and compose a
good resume. So if you don't already posses good communication
skills your curriculum should be based around that factor.
The interviewing process of a job is what separates you
from everyone else in the work force. You have the opportunity
to show your ability to communicate by giving your interviewer
a good look at who you are. If you succeed in delivering
an accurate overview of you capabilities and personality
there is a very strong possibility that you will be considered
for the position you applied for.
Building a good resume' is another vital part of your
career. Most people believe that job hoping can hurt your
chances of getting a good job but it really depends on
the reason behind it. If you are in building your resume
while completing your college courses, changing jobs frequently
is a good way to determine what you like to do and to
learn the different aspects of the work force.
If you maintain a good relationship with your former
employers and state your reasons for the frequent job
changes on your resume', most companies will be willing
to hear more about your experiences and how you can apply
them to the job. Again the key to your success is your
ability to communicate. No person or company can know
what you are cabable of unless you are able to express
Time is of the essence - Earn your degree quickly
to get jump on your career
Getting a head start in your career is crucial.
The sooner you complete your college education and earn
your degree, the sooner you will be able to move forward
with your career goals. Many new programs are available
with this in mind. There are accelerated college courses
that allow you to earn your degree in half the time of
a standard four year college. Some institutions provide
day and night classes to fit in your schedule.
There are also online curriculums that allow you earn
your degree from home while you build your real world
experience in the work force. This method is perfect if
you plan to build on your communication and business skills
while earning your degree.
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Below are some of the degrees that you can earn that
might apply to your business career.