How to Get Started in a Career in Business Part 4
Exercise your Networking Muscles Now
The more you know what you want to actually do with your degree in business, the easier it will be for you to take the steps necessary to easily move into the position you are looking for upon graduation.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Seek advice from those in the career field you’d like to move into while you are still in school: The more you know about what is required in your chosen profession before you graduate, the easier it will be for you to seek out college courses and internships while you still have the flexibility to do so.
- Participate in Professional Organizations: Business careers align themselves with a variety of specialty areas. Stay on top of the latest trends, scholarships, and networking opportunities by becoming involved in the various programs that serve business professionals. Here are a few of the leading professional organizations:
Accounting and Finance
The Professional Accounting Society of America: http://www.thepasa.org/
National Association of Black Accountants: http://www.nabainc.org/
American Society of Women Accountants: http://www.aswa.org/
Association for Financial Professionals: http://www.afponline.org/
American Bankers Association: http://www.aba.com/Pages/default.aspx
Marketing and Sales
American Marketing Association: http://www.marketingpower.com/Pages/default.aspx
International Social Media Association: http://www.ismaconnects.org/
eMarketing Association: http://www.emarketingassociation.com/
National Association of Sales Professionals: http://www.nasp.com/
American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management: http://www.aaham.org/
Association of MBAs: http://www.mbaworld.com/
National Association of Women MBAs: http://www.mbawomen.org/
National Society of Hispanic MBAs: http://www.nshmba.org/
National Black MBA Association” http://www.nbmbaa.org/
- Gain Experience: Gaining real life business experience is essential towards getting the job you want after you graduate. Take each and every opportunity that comes your way to gain the business experience you need in order to stand out from the crowd. These can be internships, co-ops, taking on new assignments at your current job, volunteering at a non-profit organization, or even doing contract work on the side.
Your Business Degree and You
It’s up to you to take control of the education and the experience you need for a successful career in business. A business degree is extremely flexible, but be sure to use that flexibility to your advantage. Know where and how you want to fit into an organization and what strengths are required. Accounting, general administration and management, finance, business intelligence, human resources, information systems, marketing, and sales are all areas you in which you can specialize. Choose wisely.
Whether you are planning on taking your first college course towards earning your business degree or are returning to school to advance your career, you have many options which can offer you the flexibility to do so on your own terms. Online colleges and universities provide adult learners the opportunity for self-paced study in addition to the business imperative of saving money and time.
Maybe one day you’ll make a fortune creating a software company that sells the app which enables shoelaces to tie themselves, but until then, investing in yourself by earning a business degree is about the nearest you’ll come to a sure thing in your lifetime.