The skills you gain on a business and management studies degree will allow you to start contributing to your employer's organisation quickly and effectively
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Chartered management accountant
- Corporate investment banker
- Insurance underwriter
- Management consultant
- Operational researcher
- Product manager
- Risk manager
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Human resources officer
- Logistics and distribution manager
- Marketing executive
- Retail manager
- Sales executive
- Systems analyst
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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. Try to decide on the area you want to work in and aim to get relevant work experience.
You can gain work experience at university through extracurricular activities such as club membership or taking a role on a society that will develop your team-building, business or finance skills. You could also try to get a part-time job in an area related to your chosen career. Something that provides commercial skills or gives you knowledge in business functions and how organisations operate will be helpful.
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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. Many give experience in several departments but others encourage specialisation from the outset.
Skills for your CV
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, information technology and business policy and strategy. Business issues are often addressed at a European and international level.
You will gain a number of transferable skills on your course including:
- an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure;
- analytical and critical thinking;
- a creative approach to problem solving;
- persuasive written and oral communication;
- numeracy and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data;
- self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources;
- appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes.
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, usually supported by their employer. Professional qualifications popular with business studies graduates are provided by organisations such as the:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
- Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Other options for further study include the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for conversion to law.
What do business studies graduates do?
Marketing associate professional is the top occupation held by business and management graduates employed in the UK six months after graduation. Finance, HR and sales professions also feature in the top ten.
More than 10% of graduates go on to further study or combine further study with work.
|Working and studying||4.9|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Business, HR and financial||23.7|
|Marketing, PR and sales||20|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||12.4|
|Retail, catering and bar work||12.2|
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.
Find out more
- Management Consultancies Association (MCA) - careers in consultancy.