Working in the corporate world
An education in business primarily prepares you to manage both people and information. There are several streams found in the business industry, and most will employ people who have studied for that specific area. You may have taken courses or completed a degree in:
It's also possible that you've completed an MBA. If this is the case, there are a number of specific career paths (typically found in management and even entrepreneur opportunities) that your education will set you on. An MBA gives you an edge over other applicants, who may not have achieved the extensive education you have, or acquired the knowledge that you possess.
Remember however, sometimes there's no better qualification than experience. So if you're freshly out of school and haven't spent much time in the business world, you may find yourself starting out low on the corporate ladder. The best way to keep yourself ahead of the game is to constantly upgrade your education. Business is an ever-changing industry and it's important to keep up with all the latest developments.
Benefits of a Business Education
The great thing about a business education is that it's completely transferable. The skills you learn in New Jersey are just as applicable in Washington and California. While there are, of course, business hot spots (think New York) where you'll find some really high salaries and a lot of different opportunities, your education will give you skills that are as useful in a small town retail store as they are on Wall Street.
What to Expect
You need to be aware that business is a competitive field. As you look for a job, you'll be competing with people who, like you, might have a lot of education and experience. As recently as in the 1990s, an MBA would guarantee you quick employment. Lately however, the field has become a popular course of study; you'll find that many people have the same qualifications as you do, or potentially even more.
Don't be discouraged, though! If you're interested in a business career and have spent some time bulking up your resume with course work, part or fulltime employment or even volunteer experience, you can feel confident throwing your hat in the ring. The truth is, while there's lot of competition in the field, there's just as much opportunity!