You’ve got business fever, and know that an exciting career as an executive is right for you. But first, you need to take that next step—earn a business degree. But how to begin? We’re here to help. Below you’ll find the Who, Why, What, Where and How of earning your business degree.
You, of course, that’s who. What do you want out of a business degree? Do you have a career path in mind? Take some time to consider things. What educational environment do you excel in? Are you at your best attending lectures and engaging in discussion, or do you work best at home in front of the computer? Do you need to work while you are going to school? If so, how long can you take to earn your degree? Does the career path you are considering require a graduate degree?
All of these are important factors to consider before moving forward. Earning a business degree is an extensive commitment. Be sure that you are prepared to go the distance.
This is important: WHY do you want a degree in business? Are you fulfilling a life-long dream, or simply following the expectations of your parents or friends? Are you hoping for a lucrative career and a business degree is the next step down that path? Whatever your reason, if you are doing it for yourself and the dreams you hold for your life, you are more likely to succeed.
No we have to look at the nitty-gritty. Business degrees do not come one-size-fits-all. You need to decide what specific area you want to focus on.
Do you love the basics of running a business? If so, a focus in accounting might be for you. Prefer to manage the technology that powers today’s successful corporations? A business degree with a focus in Information Systems might be just the ticket. Interested in how business manage to function? Perhaps Industrial and Organizational Dynamics is the degree with your name on it. What about Marketing? Business ethics? Financial Management? Human Resources?
You can earn a business degree in all of these fields and several others. Take the time to do some research and study your heart so that when you make that leap and begin earning your degree, you will be on the path that will take you to your ultimate career goal.
This question is just as important but much more practical. Do you want to stay close to home, or are you eager to explore other places? Does your business specialty have a preferred college or university, or can you attend anywhere? Do you want a place where you can live on campus, or would you rather live off-site?
The first step, of course, is to find out the best business program for you. Then you can check out the best local options as well as visit other locations. What college offers the courses you want at the times you want them? When visiting a college or university, be sure to check out the surrounding neighborhoods and the services they offer. After all, if you are going to spend a lot of time in that area, you will need more than just what the college offers—after all, you’ll need to eat and shop!
Secondly, you should spend some time researching how the school assists its graduates. Does it provide good networking opportunities? Does it have a career center or a job placement office? How will your school help you succeed in the workforce?
Once you have all this information, you will know which school is right for you.
Ah, how may seem like the biggest question. How will I get in? How will I pay for my business degree? Can I manage to work while going to school?
Luckily, in this day and age there are as many diverse options for earning your degree as there are students. You can go to college part-time and keep that good job. You can earn your degree online both part-time and full-time, or perhaps for just some of your courses.
Financial aid is readily available to anyone who needs it, making a business degree a reality for everyone. The admissions counselors at the university you choose can help you navigate the paperwork required and provide guidance on both financial aid and your course load. You may also find financial help at your place of employment.
To earn that business degree, all it takes is you making the commitment and taking that first step. Good luck!