Careers with business degrees
There is no shortage of careers that rely on a solid understanding of business: CEOs, hedge fund managers,
owners of small recreational centers, and local politicians all have an eye for the bottom line.
However, it’s not just those whose title begins with “CEO” who can enjoy the fruits of a business education.
Businesses employ people who report to the president, the CFO, and all of the people who work in their financial department.
Business schools offer many career tracks that will prepare you for success in business.
Here are some of the more common ones:
Although undergraduate business degrees are beneficial for almost every career field,
there are some fields where a graduate degree is required.
Notable examples include accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources. Read more about these careers at
A business career brings with it prestigious job titles, fast growth opportunities, and the chance to make decisions that affect people’s lives.
Business clubs are clubs that are affiliated with a business school or department of a university rather than their college at large,
often where students must take at least four courses in the area of study for which they wish to form a club.
Two examples of business schools with sizeable clubs are the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Robert H.
Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Other schools with business clubs include Harvard Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and Harvard Business School.
Business clubs serve as forums for students to share experiences and offer each other both academic and social support.
They also give students an opportunity to network with alumni as well as recruiters as early as their freshman year.
The recruiting aspect is very important because there is a growing trend
that businesses prefer not to hire graduates straight out of school but rather to take them on as interns and then hire them
after they have gained real work experience.
A Business Circle is a form of student organization in many business schools in the United States and Canada.
Business circles are usually organized in a hierarchical fashion with
the top tier being two to four different circles and second tier being department groups within each circle.
The most senior circle in each business school is typically referred to as
its “Senior Circle,” and serves as an umbrella organization for the rest of the business circles.
Also, the Senior Circle often acts as a communication conduit between students and faculty/staff at their given school,
such as conducting interviews for internship and full-time positions during summer break.
Many top business schools around the world organize an annual business plan event.
Students from all over the country and world come together and form cross-functional teams, each team led by a team leader.
Each team is required to make a business plan to solve a real-life problem faced by a corporation or nonprofit organization.
During the event, the teams present their business plans to professors, investors and fellow peers,
who then judge each plan after rounds of intense questioning.
Judges may include alumni from the school who have become successful entrepreneurs themselves.
After the event is over, awards are given at a formal dinner where winning teams have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of judges.
Students from winning teams have the opportunity to intern with sponsors of the business plan competition,
as well as form relationships with successful professionals through mentorship.
Notable past winners include group of students from the University of Toronto
who made a business plan for a bottled beverage company and won an award in 2010.
2011, the top business school in michigan organized a business plan competition.
In 2012, the top business school in new york organized a business plan competition.
In addition to there being many major professional associations for businesspeople,
there are many trade associations that provide a space for members of the community to collaborate and work together on common goals.
Many of these organizations advocate for a particular industry or set of individual companies
while also taking positions on proposed legislation and proposing changes to their industry.
Some examples of prominent professional associations for businesspeople include the following:
A number of business schools have retired their sports teams after significant success.
This includes the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Obese Tuber
who retired their varsity program in 1999 after winning five consecutive national championships,
and MIT Sloan School of Management has since ended their program.
Currently, the only school with both Division I basketball and Division I football is Baruch College, which joined Division I in 2007–08.
Some schools have multiple teams in different sports.