Deciding if a Business Degree is right for you

It’s time to get down to business! You want it, you need it, and it’s going to open doors for you. The only question now is what kind of degree should you get? In order to better answer your question, you need to ask yourself, “What is my career goal?”

If your goal is to go into a specialize field such as medicine, engineering, or law, then a business degree is probably not the best choice for an undergraduate degree. This is because specialized fields require specific courses that prepare students for advanced graduate courses later.

If on the other hand, you choose a career path that doesn’t require specialized courses, a business degree might be the foundation you need for a solid career. Getting a business degree offers flexibility that specialized degrees cannot. If you think about it, every aspect of society is immersed in and influenced by business. Even those specialized careers such as being a doctor are found in hospitals which are in the business of making money. By having a degree in business, you will find that transitioning into other fields or graduate programs may come more easily.

When one goes to college, there are essential classes that are required called prerequisites. Prerequisites are designed to establish a common knowledge base for students in areas such as English, History, Mathematics, and Science. In most Bachelor programs, fulfilling these prerequisites constitutes the first half of the curriculum.

What is left is approximately two years of classes that are applied to a major. I have personally heard of people that spent those two years pursuing a degree that is so uncommon or specialized, that they were essentially trapped in their jobs years later when they decided to change careers. Is this something you would want?

That’s why at least at the undergraduate level, one should try to leave options open if they do not have a specific goal. Even if business isn’t your cup of tea, you still have the option of minoring. Minoring is taking classes of personal interest. It is secondary to your bachelor program and allows you to explore other career options while maintaining a steady path in a more common Bachelor’s program.

When you think about your education, think of it like being a roadway. You start off at home and you have a destination in mind. Beginning college is like jumping on the interstate. Each prerequisite you complete is another mile post that you pass. Eventually, you will exit the interstate and find yourself on another road, a road which leads you to your destination. Think of a business degree as Main Street, U.S.A. From Main Street, you can turn down your choice of other smaller roads in order to reach your goal. Now using the same analogy, think of a specialized degree as a side street that offers limited chances to turn and change direction. Once you are on that path, you are committed. Short of backtracking, you will have no choice but to continue to your destination.

This is why you need to decide if your destination is worth taking the more restrictive paths. It may be. After all, I have followed small unknown roads before only to find they lead to mansions or other grand things. So as you decide whether or not a business degree is the right path for you, determine if the alternate route is going to give you a way out or lead to a dead end. I suppose it really doesn’t matter how you reach your destination; it’s just a good idea to have an exit in case you decide to leave it.