Deciding if a Business Degree is right for you

Business is one of the most common areas of study for college students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Whether you enjoy working with people, numbers, or ideas, there is something for everyone in the business world- Human Resources, Economics, Marketing, Management and Accounting, to name a few.

With all these choices, how do you know if business is even right for you?

Advice From Others
There are a lot of people out there who have gone to business school, and chances are, you know one. You could speak with former high school classmates or family friends that have obtained or are pursuing a business degree. Ask them about the benefits and challenges of business school, what they plan to do or are doing with their major and any other tips they have for you.

If you are seriously considering a business degree and are applying to a college, contact the school in which you are applying to speak with someone. This could be a business professor, a potential advisor if you were to attend their school or administration in the business school. They will be able to answer a lot of your questions about the specific degrees you can obtain at their school. They also might be able to give you contact info with a business student you could talk to.

Job Shadow
Nothing will give you a better feel for the world of business like shadowing a businessman or woman for a half or full day. If you are interested in accounting, you could contact your family’s accountant or one in your hometown. If you are interested in Human Resources, contact a larger business where you live and see if they would be willing to let you follow an HR Rep around for awhile. Job shadowing will give you the perfect chance to ask questions about the real business world.

Try it out!
Many colleges offer a general business 101, or survey of business class. Most undergraduate students must take general classes their first year of college, so an introduction to business class will offer a general overview of the different aspects of business, and may fulfill a general requirement for a bachelor’s degree.

As a general final tip, don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you want to know something about careers in the field of Economics, search until you find someone who is in the field who can answer your questions.

And, don’t worry about changing your major once you get to college if you find something that fits better. Good Luck!