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Getting into Business - Where to start

Sara Roberts

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Deciding on the best route to take to get into a career in Business Management can be tricky - in our ‘Careers Spotlight’ blog series, we’ve got some top tips on getting into Business Management.


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“What careers options are there once you graduate with a Business Management degree?”

A Business Management degree is incredibly dynamic - the research skills and understanding of business organisational structures that are gained through the degree will equip you with transferable skills and a foundation of knowledge that you can apply to a range of different professions, some of these include;

  • Market researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Risk manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Human resources officer
  • the list goes on...

To explore each of these options in more detail, take a look at the PROSPECTS website.

“What subjects should I take?”

There are no specific subject requirements in order to study Business Management at a degree level. An A Level or BTEC in Economics is useful as you understand the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment which is desirable to employers in the business sector. Equally subjects like History and English give you a strong foundation for the essay writing and project work that would be involved during your degree. For those looking to keep their career options open after graduation, consider taking a ‘facilitating’ subject like, maths or a foreign language.. If you aren’t currently studying these subjects don’t be put off from applying, other humanities and arts related subjects develop written and presentation skills that you will be able to use both academically and professionally.

“What skills will I gain through doing a Business Management degree”

Business Management degrees equip you with report writing skills, project work and a wider appreciation of how organizations operate. Through the course you’ll build up your teamwork and leadership skills, and your ability to consider all things related to setting up your own business. Other skills you will develop are;

  • Analytical ability
  • Report writing
  • Presentation
  • Financial planning/budgeting
  • Negotiation
  • Organisational/prioritisation skills

Whether you decide to pursue a career after graduation in the business sector or move into a completely separate field these skills will be invaluable throughout your working life.

“Will I learn how to set up my own company?”

One of the core modules for all Business Management students is Principles of Business, this takes you through the lifecycle of a Business right from the conception of the business idea to the breakdown of a company. For students who have an interest in starting up their own business, our degree in Business Management with Entrepreneurship provides a perfect balance of academic theory and practical experience for budding entrepreneurs. Find out more information on launching a business by downloading our Enterprise Guide.

“What can I do to make sure my personal statement and CV stand out?”

Whilst gaining a professional qualification is essential in some professions, it is also important to try and gain work experience within the industry. Work experience could include part-time work in a local business of any organisation, large or small. Gaining early experience will allow you to pick up office and admin skills, as well as improve your ability to work independently and manage your own workload. Part of what makes our degrees stand out are our guaranteed internships*, as you would be graduating not only with a but also industry experience to give you a head start in the sector. Volunteering in your spare time is also a great way to gain valuable experience. Take a look at volunteering pages in your local area or speak to local firms who may be interested in a summer/holiday intern. For more information on summer internships and placements in accounting and finance visit RateMyPlacement.

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Getting into Business - Where to start
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