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What else you can do with your degree: Business and Management

Last month we took a look at what you can do with your Arts and Humanities degree. Our What else you can do… series is back to explore career possibilities for Business and Management graduates!

“Breadth of knowledge is critical to developing high-value decision-makers for today’s business world.”

- Joseph L. Rotman

Being a Business and Management graduate means you have more than just the standard skills that completing a degree brings. Highly desirable in the working world, you have more of an insight than other graduates into the way that the corporate machine works.

Your skills

You’ll come away with:

• An understanding of how organisations are built and operate
• The ability to interoperate figures effectively
• In-depth knowledge of your chosen marketplace
• A high level of organisation
• The knowledge to work well on solo projects or manage a team

So, what can you do?

Your intimate business knowledge and management skills make you an ideal candidate for a whole host of roles.

As well as being well versed in your subject, your degree has given you a great set of communication and problem-solving skills. These traits can be translated to a whole host of careers, both in a formal and creative capacity. You should consider looking into areas like these:

Operational researcher

Combine your business brain with a bit of creative thinking and become an OR.  Using data gathered from a company and information from that companies sector, they develop strategies and look at the impact of certain decisions on a business. The information they provide helps companies operate more efficiently.

While it’s easier to gain a position with a number-based degree, graduates with a 2:1 should be able to secure a position with relevant experience.

Account manager

An account manager works closely with a business’s clients to ensure that all of their needs are met. Account managers are the first line of communication and thus, need a great business and product knowledge as well as great people skills.

You don’t need to sit any other exams to become an account manager.

Retail management

A degree in Business/Management can be a huge asset for those of you looking at retail management graduate scheme. Your ability to lead and organisational skills will be highly utilised in this role.

Graduate schemes in this area are notoriously competitive. Give yourself the edge by getting our experience in early – whether it’s working in your chosen retail outlet or securing an internship.

Marketing manager

In charge of promoting your employers brands/products/services, marketing managers are a key part of getting products into the public eye. Attention to detail, people skills and business understanding are combined with a healthy dose of creativity to create a buzz.

In a manager position, you’ll also need to utilise your organisational and leadership skills as you will be looking after a group of marketing professionals. As if that wasn’t enough, marketing managers also need to liaise with multiple departments.

Corporate Lawyer

It is possible to make the leap to law with a business/management degree. The skills that you’ve acquired through your degree will give you a great basic knowledge of corporate law.
If you’d like to become a corporate lawyer, you’ll need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or a Graduate Entry LLB if you’re in Scotland. Over one full-time year or two part-time years, you’ll have a diploma putting you at the same level as a law graduate.

Or, for something a little different…

Why not look into becoming an Actuary? An actuary is a business professional that uses facts and figures to evaluate, predict and advise businesses on their financial decisions. This well paid and fast moving career is great for those of you with a good head for statistics.

Depending on the kind of Business/Management degree you, you may have to sit an entrance exam (CT1) Once you’ve passed this, you can become an Actuarial Trainee. During this period of your career, you will be expected to take more exams in order to progress up the ladder.

Visit us next month to see what you can do with your Engineering and Technology degree!