The skills gained on a business studies degree allow you to build commercial awareness and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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A business and management studies degree prepares you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Your career options are therefore varied. Decide on the area you want to work in and try to get relevant work experience. This may be in the form of a structured work placement, part-time job, voluntary work or even a period of work shadowing. Some courses include a placement in industry. Use this time to develop your skills further and to establish contacts within the industry.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
It may also be possible to start your own business, but this involves many risks and you need to ensure you have covered all factors. For more information, see self-employment.
Industries as diverse as chemicals, utilities, fashion, health, grocery and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues. Opportunities exist in management and analysis roles with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Graduate training schemes offered by large employers frequently focus on ‘commercial’ roles and may be of interest to business studies graduates. Many give experience in several departments but others encourage specialisation from the outset. These recruitment schemes are advertised in directories available free from your careers service as well as online.
Studying for a business and management studies degree allows you to develop a broad understanding of business organisations and provides you with subject-specific knowledge in areas such as markets, customers, finance, operations, communication and information technology, and business policy and strategy. Business issues are often addressed at a European and international level.
Transferable skills gained on your course include:
Some graduates choose to undertake further study in subjects such as marketing, finance, human resources, computing/ICT and international business management in order to develop their expertise in a particular area of business. Studying for an MBA is another option.
Those combining study with a job often work towards a professional qualification, for example in accountancy, usually supported by their employer. Professional qualifications popular with business studies graduates are provided by organisations such as the:
Other options for further study include the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) for conversion to law.
Around two-thirds of business studies graduates are in full-time employment six months after graduation. Of this number, around a fifth work as business and finance professionals in areas such as chartered accountancy, business consultancy, tax, banking, city markets and insurance.
|Working and studying||7.7%|
|Commercial and public management||21.6%|
|Business and financial||19.9%|
|Retail and catering||14%|
|Marketing, sales and advertising||13.6%|
For a detailed breakdown of what business and management graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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