The world of business is changing rapidly—and so are the careers available to business school graduates. The truth is, every company out there is a business, and they all need good business managers. But not every business school graduate wants to take a traditionally management path—some business grads prefer to work in the distant corners of the business world, taking their hard-fought business schools and applying them in unusual careers. If a traditional career in business isn’t for you, don’t worry! There are plenty of odd and unusual business careers available. Here are just a few of the most interesting.
Professional athletes have an advantage—they have an expert in the wings, giving them advice, suggestions, and even commands to help them meet their goals. Why should it only be athletes that benefit from coaching? Life Coaches are individuals that are experts in their field who provide that same service to ordinary folks. A business school graduate with some real-life experience can take their expertise and help guide others through difficult periods of their life. Life Coaches are hired by people considering career changes, looking to get ahead in their current career, or who feel stuck and want to shake things up. Life Coaches aren’t therapists—they are facilitators. They encourage, prod, and push people into moving forward—but only in the direction they WANT to go. Life Coaches are also hired by corporations to help improve staff morale. But the best news is that a successful Life Coach can easily earn six figures.
The face of the average consumer is no longer that of a so-called WASP (white Anglo-Saxon protestant). Asian Americans, African-Americans, and most of all Hispanic/Latino-Americans have become a huge part of the consumer culture. As a result, most companies are seeking multicultural specialists who can help appropriately target marketing campaigns. Multicultural doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be part of any of these cultures, but it can sure help. All you need is a willingness to study and learn about other cultures and find ways to transpose cultural preferences into marketing strategies. For instance, Chinese culture is wary of the number four—so if you are working as a multicultural marketer for a bank that is hoping to attract Chinese customers, perhaps promoting the heck out of the 4% interest rate isn’t the way to go. This is the sort of information a multicultural marketing specialist needs to know. The best news? This field is expected to grow quickly, making it a sure-fire hot career.
This is the newest addition in the world of business. Knowledge facilitators examine what employees need to know and the best ways to distribute that information. This job falls into the Human Resources realm, an area of business that is required for success. A Knowledge Facilitator is an organizational dynamo, someone that is capable of both imparting and tracking information as it spreads in an organization. Knowledge Facilitators must have strong communication skills, including writing; be detail oriented; be excellent motivators, and be very good as seeing the big picture while working through obstacles. In larger organizations, Knowledge Facilitators can be found in the upper echelons of management (as Chief Knowledge Officers). But even the smallest companies need effective ways to communicate with their staff. Knowledge Facilitators are in high demand, with far more positions available then there are people to fill them.
This might be the best business career out there today—after all, what could be better than throwing parties for a living? Event Planners are responsible for every detail of the events they plan, whether they are a large companies holiday party or an international convention. Event Planners are responsible for selecting event dates, choosing an event location, coordinating travel and parking, managing an event’s budget, and often advertising and promoting the event. The down side? Event Planners usually have to attend the event they plan, meaning they often work evenings and weekends. Event Planning can be a stressful, fast-paced, and demanding career. Event Planners often work for hotels, restaurants, convention centers or other facilities that host events, but they can also work for an individual corporation that has multiple events every year. Event Planners work hard, but it is all worth it—they often earn high five-figure salaries and get to hobnob with the rich and famous.
Ah, the ding of a winning jackpot! Casino Managers are the folks behind the scenes making sure that the pay-offs are fair and square. This higher-echelon management position is one that is earned by climbing the casino ladder, usually, but one that a business school graduate may find uniquely rewarding. Most Casino Managers are responsible for monitoring games to make sure laws aren’t broken, managing staff and security, handling huge amounts of cash, and of course—customer complaints. Casino Management is not a typical nine-to-five job, since casinos are usually open twenty-four hours a day. It’s a career with a strong focus on customer service, so it’s important to like working with people. But the best part? Casino Managers always earn six figures, and those with experience can often command $200,000 to $400,000 a year. And that’s no gamble.