I am interested in a fast-paced career. I have started going to college this
year for business management. I have little knowledge of what is out there
for the future. Would like some ideas and steps that will help me achieve that.
The Career Doctor responds:
I could not possibly begin to mention all the potential jobs you could get
with a degree in business but I think it’s very wise of you to begin thinking
about it now because as you develop some ideas about career paths you
can choose elective courses to help you specialize in one or more areas –
and perhaps more importantly you can begin to develop a list of prospective employers and internship possibilities to gain experience — and to make
sure the career you think you want is actually something you would enjoy doing!
So here is your homework.
First start researching careers in management. Key sources for you are:
your management professors (even ones you have not had for a class yet)
and adviser the career services office at your college and online sources (such as the fantastic Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor).
Second develop a list of your skill sets (and document those skills through
accomplishments in school projects and work experience). Skills you should
have as you progress through your business degree include leadership problem-solving critical thinking written and verbal communications teamwork planning organizing and decision-making.
Third start thinking of an internship for the summer. Some of the most coveted summer internships
have very early deadlines and better to start researching now and be ready
then to discover you just missed a deadline.
And to get a feel for the types of jobs out there check out this section of
Quintessential Careers: Jobs
in Business Management Finance Accounting Marketing and Sales.