Focus on Business: After the Degree

Diverse Business GradsSo you’re a business graduate. Congratulations! You have successfully navigated a full schedule of business classes on the way to an associates, bachelors or masters degree in business. Now you are ready to join the real world!

What You Can Do with a Business Degree
The good news is that a business degree is extraordinarily flexible. Unlike a degree in say, education, which leads to only a couple job titles, majoring in business can set you up for a variety of business careers in government, nonprofit, accounting, administration and … naturally … business.

Of course it should be noted that the more education you get, the more options will open to you. Typically the higher-level positions – CEO, COO, management – are only available to those with MBAs and many years of business experience.

Professional Organizations
As you proceed through your business career, you’ll need to keep up to date on the ever-changing business landscape. Professional organizations can keep you abreast of all the latest trends in the wonderful world of business, as well as allow for tremendous networking opportunities.

As you already know, there are many different subsections under the umbrella term “business.” Let’s take a look at some of the best organizations in each section.

Accounting: The Professional Accounting Society of America (PASA)
Finance: Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
Healthcare Management: American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)
Human Resources: Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
Sales and Marketing: American Marketing Association (AMA)
General Business: Business Professionals of America (BPA)

Subscriptions to publications from these and other prominent business organizations can help you keep up with current trends, which is crucial for career and business development. You may also want to subscribe to mainstream publications, like Business Week, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, to stay competitive … and at the top of your game.

Continuing Education
Career advancement through continuing and professional studies is also quite common in business. Oftentimes companies will require certain certifications, and can even pay for business classes on behalf of the employee. These sorts of classes are popular at most major universities, especially in larger cities. NYU, for example, has continuing education courses in accounting, taxation and legal programs; finance; human resources management; information technology; management and leadership; marketing and advertising; and public relations.

No matter what your path to success, remember to utilize your college’s career services and additional outreach and networking opportunities.

Good luck!

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