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What jobs can I get with a Bachelor's in business?

Asked by chelle21689 (7501points) June 16th, 2010

I have no idea what I want to do with my life really. I just know I want a job with good pay and be around different people. My sister told me that having a business degree is a good major to go for if I don’t have a specific career in mind because it covers a lot of different kinds of jobs I can get.

I’m thinking in majoring in business management or general business….not sure which yet. Should I go for it?

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CMaz's avatar

Running or owning a business.

aprilsimnel's avatar

You could go work for an investment bank where you’d work as an analyst. After a year or two, they will expect you to go to graduate school for an MBA if you wish to advance past analyst.

Disc2021's avatar

It’s one of those broad majors – there isn’t a specific “job” you’re studying for (as opposed to majoring in Dental Hygiene) . That meaning, you sort of have to make something out of it.

I recommend minoring in something or trying to narrow your focus – what is it or where is it in the business world that you see yourself, beyond good pay and benefits? There’s business finance, accounting, stocks/e-trading, investment, management, marketing/advertising, etc. Try joining clubs as well that relate to the career path.

chelle21689's avatar

This whole thing gives me a headache. For months I’ve been doing nothing but looking up different things I could do with my life and I keep changing my mind. I think I’m sticking with business though and I also have credits that go towards it. I don’t know what I want to narrow it…if I had to choose now I’d say business finance, management, or marketing/advertising. Thanks Disc2021.

Disc2021's avatar

For months? That’s been me for the last 2 years =P. I switched majors twice, one of them being Business/Marketing. It happens, dont let it give you a headache (even though it probably will anyway).

If you really and honestly dont know what you want to do, I would highly recommend starting small at a community college and just getting general ed requirements out of the way – this will give you time to fully explore your options and dabble in areas you might be potentially interested in (before spending assloads of money). That’s what I did, otherwise, I’d be thousands in debt right now.

plethora's avatar

Forget wasting time and money on college until you have some understanding of your skills and abilities and aptitudes. I would suggest aptitude testing by a very reputable firm. I have done it and my kids did it near the end of HS. It was invaluable. Why spend years learning something that you will do poorly.

Aptitude testing is not going to set you on a course of study, but it will give you some insight into what you may be good at and what you will surely do poorly.

If you still have no idea, then I’d suggest majoring in business and noting the things you like and the things you don’t like. (I, for instance, had to take 6 accounting courses in undergrad and grad school in business. It was very valuable to learn that not only did I hate accounting, I sucked at it too)

Good luck to you.

YARNLADY's avatar

A basic understanding of business principles is very useful in nearly every profession. However, as @plethora has suggested, you can benefit from a professional analysis of your skills and such.

In our present economy, there are 100 applicants for every job, so you need to concentrate on developing a wide base of education since you won’t necessarily get to pick and choose your job.

plethora's avatar

@YARNLADY Yes….especially business law…wish I had had a lot more of it.

mrrich724's avatar

Every single company in the world has a business aspect, (from the guy who mows the lawns in your neighborhood up to Microsoft and Apple)

They all need time management, insurance, finance, negotiation, sales, accounting, legal foresight, training, and tons of other stuff you learn by going to college and getting a general business degree.

I was recently on the job market (have a bachelor’s in business) and I was getting call backs and third and fourth interviews from several different companies including:

Retail store manager (even though I don’t have retail experience), and manager at a medical company (even though my previous experience is in hospitality and not medical) . . . it’s all because there really is no limit to where you can go when you get a degree like that.

And when you are in the business program, you may get inspired to focus on something specific. But if you don’t, once you graduate you will have a set of skills to take anywhere and once you get your foot in the door somewhere you can decide what skills you want to build utilizing your knowledge you learned in college.

Now is a good time to go too . . . while the economy is down you can focus on school and use student loans and grants to pay for living, and then when you graduate in a couple years we all hope there will be more jobs!

To answer your question (LOL), there really is no limit as to what you can do with a business degree.

charliecompany34's avatar

police officer. seriously.

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