Tuesday, 5 May 2015

What can I do with my degree? Business and management studies

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What can I do with my degree?:Business and management studies
The skills gained on a business and management studies degree 
allow you to build commercial awareness 
and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively

Job options:

Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Chartered management accountant
Corporate investment banker
Human resources officer
Insurance underwriter
Management consultant
Operational researcher
Risk manager

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Human resources officer
Logistics and distribution manager
Marketing executive
Retail manager
Sales executive
Systems analyst
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, 
so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. 
To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.

Work experience
A business and management studies degree prepares you for a career in business, 
which may stretch across any sector or industry. Your career options are therefore varied. 
Decide on the area you want to work in and try to get relevant work experience.
This could be gained while at university through extracurricular activities such as club membership 
or taking a role on a society that will develop your team-building, business or finance skills. 
You could also try to get a part-time job or work placement in an area related to your chosen career. Something that provides commercial skills or gives you knowledge in business functions 
and how organisations operate will be helpful.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers
Industries as diverse as chemicals, utilities, fashion, health, grocery and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues. 
Opportunities exist in management and analysis roles with employers in the private, 
public and voluntary sectors.
Graduate training schemes offered by large employers frequently focus on commercial roles. 
Many give experience in several departments but others encourage specialisation from the outset. 
Search for graduate recruitment schemes.
Find information on employers in business, consulting and management, accountancy, 
banking and financerecruitment and HR and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV
Studying for a business and management studies degree allows you to develop a broad understanding of business organisations and provides you with subject-specific knowledge in areas 
such as markets, customers, finance, operations, communication and information technology, 
and business policy and strategy. 
Business issues are often addressed at a European and international level.
Transferable skills gained on your course include:
an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure;
analytical and critical thinking; a creative approach to problem solving; decision-making;
persuasive written and oral communication;
numeracy and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data;
self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources;
appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes.

Further study
Some graduates choose to undertake further study in subjects such as marketing, finance, 
human resources, computing/ICT and international business management in order to develop 
their expertise in a particular area of business. Studying for an MBA is another option.
Those combining study with a job often work towards a professional qualification, 
usually supported by their employer. 
Professional qualifications popular with business studies graduates 
are provided by organisations such as the:
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)  
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)  
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)  
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)  
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)  
Other options for further study include the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for conversion to law.
For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, 
see postgraduate study in the UK and search postgraduate courses.

What do business studies graduates do?
Almost 1,000 graduates in employment are working as marketing associate professionals. 
Six of the top ten occupations are related to business and management.
More than 12% of graduates go on to further study or combine further study with work.
For a detailed breakdown of what business and management graduates are doing 
six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?  
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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