(Closed) Bees with Business Degrees.. What do you do?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My undergrad is a double major of business and finance and I’m an accountant. :p I ended up realizing I hated finance and had zero interest in getting an MBA, so I got my masters in accounting a few years later and started gearing up to sit for the CPA exam.

Before I turned to accounting, I was an assistant manager at an apartment complex for a few years, I guess kind of business related? Lots of budgeting, some accounting, managing people, etc. A business degree is pretty general – does your school offer specializations? There were specific marketing degrees, economics degrees, healthcare management degrees, etc.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, and I currently work in the office of Finance at a federal gov’t agency.  After graduating, I found that many “Marketing” jobs that I saw posted online were in fact sales jobs, or just plain scams.  Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is right now, marketing is one of the departments where private industry is quick to cut back.  HR isn’t a bad option, except it pays relatively little compared to other “Business” type jobs, so you have to be passionate enough about it that you don’t mind making less money than you may think you’re worth.

With the choice of marketing, HR, accounting, or management, if I was specifically trying to get a degree in something where I’d have the best chance of finding a job after graduation, I would do accounting, with management as my second choice.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I majored in Business Admin as well with a concentration in Global Business Leadership.  I worked for a financial investment company, realized I didn’t like anything to do with money and now I work in Higher ed as an advisor for domestic and international students.  I really enjoy the international piece of my job. I’ve been doing it for seven years.   

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I actually started off as a chemistry major, but switched to marketing, with the idea that I wanted to work for a tech or science company. I’m currently the Marketing Director for an IT consulting firm. It’s a very laid-back environment (google-esque) which allows me a lot of freedom, but it’s a huge amount of responsibility. My co-workers, boss, and team are all awesome! At 26, I feel like I’m in a good place, career-wise. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My undergrad degree is not in business but I do have an MBA. Currently, I work in marketing for a corporation with an international presence (though HQ here in the US).

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Under grad was Marketing & Database Management

Graduate was an MBA, focusing in Finance.

I have worked in a circle in terms of fields. Started in Retail Research, went to finance analysis and now I am back in Marketing as a Manager because I realized I didnt like finance. (technically a Product Manager)

I found that my numbers/finance background is a huge bonus for most employers because I can balance a budget and do my own analysis.

In fact, it took my entire career so far to find a job I like. Sometimes its trial and error to find something. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I double majored in Finance & Accounting.  I’ve been out of college for 6 years, and currently make a six figure salary working in Finance.  There can be long hours, but I find the work stimulating and there’s room for growth and career development in the right organization.  I’ve also had friends who started their career in Finance transition into careers in Marketing or HR.  At the end of the day, most things in the business world relates back to Finance so it makes it the most versatile degree IMO.

Generally, I think a degree in management is kind of a waste bc I don’t think you learn any concrete skills.  If you are a high performer in your field, you will be promoted into management.  You don’t get into management just because you have an undergrad (or MBA) degree in it. 

@Pomapoo:  +1 Agree with what you said about Marketing & HR jobs. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I majored in accounting and had a job lined up (as did ~ 90% of my classmates in the accounting program) before I even graduated.  I’m currently 25 & graduated in the summer of 2010 and started full time January 2011 and finshed my CPA exams in December 2011 – so I can attest that even though the economy is rough, accounting jobs are out there.   Accounting is a great profession to get into especially considering the starting salary for most positions only requiring an undergrad degree.  I would strongly suggest majoring in accounting even if you do not want to go the public accounting route, because you will really be qualified for almost any busines position out there – ie an accounting major can easily get a marketing or business admin job but not vise versa. 

I work at a small/mid sized public accounting firm in the tax department and I absolutely love my job! We only work with individuals and small privately or family owned businesses so I really feel like I am helping my clients.  It can be stressful during tax season (I am taking a break at work right now) because you are expected to put in anywhere from 55-65 hours per week beginning in late January-April 15, but I work 35 hour weeks all the time during the off months!  Good luck deciding on your future career!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@wellheeledmama:  

Wow! After reading your post, I am regretting only majoring in accounting!  I really should have gone with a double major! 6 figures in 6 years – thats awesome! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@IndyCPA:  I have a friend who majored in accounting in undergrad and then just got his MBA. He was making six figures about 5-6 years after he received his undergrad too. Of course, now that he has an MBA, his six figures are much higher. So not all hope is lost! 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsTillerResq:  I do staffing for a temp to hire agency wich is all aspects of HR. Business is a pretty well rounded degree. My initial degree was in education but I switched about 1/2 way through.

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