3 Things You Can Do with a Business Degree

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A business degree is probably one of the most versatile degrees out there. Getting a business education opens you up to a host of opportunities in many different fields, and it also serves as a good complement to many other degrees.

With so many opportunities available to you in the business world, how do you choose the specific career path that’s right for you? Here are a few routes you can take once you earn your degree in business.

  1. Start your own business.

This is a very obvious but somewhat intimidating option. If you’ve always dreamed of being your own boss, starting a business is the perfect route for you. However, being the owner of a business can be daunting and stressful, and it requires a lot of responsibility.

If your business is small, you may be able to handle your finances, marketing and other operational tasks yourself. If it’s large, or if you would like it to become large, you’ll probably want to hire other people to complete those tasks for you.

One of the biggest things to remember if you want to start your own business is to not overwhelm yourself with too many tasks. Although you might want to be frugal and not hire employees to manage certain aspects of your business, there are only so many things you can handle on your own.

  1. Work for a company or corporation.

If you don’t want to be in control of your own business, working for an already-existing company or corporation may be a good option for you. With a business degree, you’ll probably have the opportunity to take on a leadership role in the company, or at least work your way up to one.

Depending on what concentration you chose within your business degree program, you may be able to take on positions in marketing, public relations, accounting or human resources. In order to operate efficiently, large businesses need many different types of people to do many different types of jobs, so you’ve got several options.

As an added bonus, taking on a position within your chosen degree concentration will allow you to exercise your expertise and also give you the chance to work in the department that most interests you.

  1. Work for or start a nonprofit organization.

While this tends to be an overlooked option, starting or working for a nonprofit organization can lend itself to a very rewarding career.

While many nonprofit organizations are charity-based, there are other types of nonprofits. If you plan to start this type of organization, spend some time researching the types of nonprofit organizations and decide which one best suits you and your business interests.

If you choose to work for a nonprofit organization, you’ll probably have many of the same opportunities as you would with a regular company or organization. Just like a regular business, a nonprofit needs marketers, accountants and public relations specialists to manage funds and promote the organization.

There are endless opportunities awaiting you if you choose to earn a business degree. The key is to know what type of occupation within the business field most interests you. Once you know that, you will be well on your way to achieving your dream career in business.

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Holly Nelms studies Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University. She loves writing and hopes to become a journalist after graduation.

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