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What can I do with a business degree?

Business Degree

Some people are drawn to a career in business but you may not be certain exactly what you can do with a business degree so let’s take a look.

A career in business can mean many things and you could work in any industry. Studying for a business degree can be combined with gaining a professional qualification that is specific to the field of work that you are interested in.

Some facts and figures

    There were 18,590 business degree graduates in 2014/15
    77.1% of business graduates were employed 6 months after completing
    25.1% were employed in business, HR or as financial professionals
    20.8% were employed in marketing, PR or as sales professionals

The variety of occupations that can be entered through studying business include:

  • Business analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Product manager
  • Marketing and sales manager
  • Data analyst
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Forensic accountant
  • Actuary
  • HR officer

Some of the professional qualifications that can be combined with business studies are which give you the professional status needed for some jobs are:

An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification

A Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification

A Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualification

A Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification

A Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification

A project management qualification such as PRINCE2

Although you can study for a business degree full time at university it is possible to do a higher apprenticeship with some companies. This allows you to work whilst gaining a degree and the relevant professional qualification.

The kind of skills that you develop by studying business are problem solving and critical thinking skills, which you need for a career in business, decision making skills, project management skills, an understanding of finance and data interpretation and an understanding of economic factors relating to business and leadership and management skills.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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