CHOOSING A CAREER / JAN. 07, 2015
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What Career Path to Follow with Your Business Degree

Getting into a well-paid job with a business degree is really a matter of making the right connections and staying motivated. You’ll need to have a clear idea of what direction you want your career to take and of the areas that best fit your skills and abilities. For example, if you are analytical in nature, you could focus on financial analysis or statistics, which might lead you towards a well-paid career in technology or finance.

Here are some suggestions for business graduate careers that pay well.

IT Project Manager

You don’t necessarily need in-depth technical knowledge to pursue this career path. Project management is more about creating project plans to deliver new products and releases, and co-ordinating suppliers and departments to produce an established end deliverable within agreed timescales and on-budget.

Industries you could consider for this type of work include:

  • Systems design
  • Scientific consulting services
  • Electronics
  • Software publishers
  • Commercial equipment wholesalers

Business Development Manager

This is basically an analytical role. You would be involved in seeking out business opportunities, developing new revenue streams and revamping existing ones to grow the business interests of your employer. You would spend a lot of time looking at customer and competitor data, as well as studying the industry as a whole for emerging trends and opportunities.

Industries you could consider include:

  • Systems design
  • Scientific and technical consulting services
  • Electronics
  • Software publishers
  • Research and development

Financial Analyst

This role involves studying and analysing metrics that impact on a company’s investment programmes.

Opportunities for this kind of work can be found in the following fields:

  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • National security
  • Large corporate organisations

Sales Manager

As a sales manager, you would be responsible for setting goals and quotas for sales staff, and for monitoring and analysing performance figures. You might also be involved in devising and overseeing training programmes.

Areas you could specialise in include:

  • Computer systems design
  • Health and personal care suppliers
  • Medical and pharmaceutical supplies
  • Agriculture
  • Wholesale suppliers

Media Supervisor

As a media supervisor you would be responsible for overseeing the media strategy for your company, including research, buying, planning and scheduling. You would also be responsible for setting and managing the organisation’s media budget.

Industries you could work in include:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing

Account Executive

This role would be suited to someone who is outgoing and has excellent communication skills. Account executives work across a wide range of industries and act as a liaison point between the customer and the company. You’d need to be sales-savvy and good at managing relationships to excel in this role, and you would also need to develop in-depth product knowledge. As well as a basic salary and other perks, you would be able to earn bonuses and commissions based on your sales figures.

Industries you could work in include:

  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Any industry offering a product or service for sale

Hotel Manager

If you’re looking for a varied and challenging role, a hotel manager’s job could be ideal for you. Depending upon the size of the hotel, you could be responsible for planning and organising anything to do with the day-to-day running of the business and other special events taking place there. You would supervise staff, manage budgets and liaise with third party suppliers and customers.

In Conclusion

This is just a tiny snapshot of the range of industries and roles you could choose to work in if you hold a business degree. This is a most versatile qualification but on its own does not ‘qualify’ you for any particular role. It’s important to gain experience working within the industry of your choice and to make as many useful contacts as you can to back-up the degree you have gained as it’s this that will gain you a foothold on the employment ladder.

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