Business Degrees - Really Confused

<p>hey, im a senior in high school soon to graduate and go off to get my undergrad degree.</p>

<p>I know that i want to pursue a career in business, either starting my own business or working in management for another business.</p>

<p>I had first thought that i would major business in undergrad, intern while in college, work with a company and then go off to grad school and hopefully be skilled enough to the point where i would be hired to manage a big company.</p>

<p>Recently however, my father has been trying to tell me to major something besides business in my undergrad years. get some experience in a particular field where i can make a profession, and then go to grad school for business and start a company or whatever it may be. </p>

<p>I had thought that if i just majored business undergrad, i would be able to get a job in management and simply work with experience for a couple years until i was good enough to make more money.</p>

<p>what do others think? should i work on a profession in undergrad and obtain a degree in a field or simply go the business route and hope to get a job in management? thanks in advance.</p>

<p>You could go either way. Majoring in business will give you more opportunities to get the kind of career you are looking for after undergrad. However, if you would rather major in something else, you can get your MBA after a few years of working.</p>

<p>Ever hear that saying that all roads lead to Rome? Sort of like that. Seriously though, there are tons of paths that can lead you to the same place. Do something you enjoy, any of those options can work. There is no magic formula.</p>


<p>If you think business will be fun during undergrad go for it. An undergraduate business degree is good to get your foot into the door of many professions, so it's safe. I feel as if it'd be easier to go the MBA route if you major in business or related during undergrad due to the opportunity available for business majors, the undergrad curriculum is very relevant to MBA curriculum in certain aspects so you'll get a taste of what lies ahead. Either way is fine, it may just be a smoother road from a business undergrad degree than a humanities degree because of the many many entry-level jobs (business undergraduates can basically hand pick) in companies with more room for growth which is a significant aspect of MBA acceptance (growth)</p>

<p>You can major in anything and you'll be alright if you're not an idiot. Get involved in ec's and push for as many high-quality internships as possible. Someone with a degree in comparative literature is going to get a job in finance over someone with a degree in finance if the finance graduate never did anything worthwhile over his summers and the comparative literature graduate did two internships with asset management firms, was the treasurer for the student government, the vice president of the investment club, worked for a non-profit in a management position, went to alumni events and made friends with people already in the field, etc.</p>

<p>I need to know what 'professions' he's pushing on you for me to give an opinion.</p>

<p>You should do what you want to do, and not what your father wants you to do. If he forces your hand, that is unfortunate because there is nothing wrong with being a business major.</p>

<p>he's not "forcing" me to do anything. hes only shedding a new light for me to look upon. he'll still let me do whatever i want.</p>

<p>as far as what "professions", he means something i can get a job in. I had been interested in engineering for a while, so he brought up that. why not major in engineering, then work for a bit, go to grad school for my mba and then do something.</p>

<p>pretty much, he doesnt think that just a business degree will get me very far, whereas a more "hands on" degree would, and from there get into business.</p>

<p>This depends on a lot of factors, like the exact majors you are considering, the school you will be attending etc.</p>

<p>On avg, engineering grads make more out of undergrad. However, this is not necessarily always the case. I made as much as ChemEng right out of undergrad as a business major, and that is the most lucrative engineering field. </p>

why not major in engineering, then work for a bit, go to grad school for my mba and then do something.


<p>There is nothing wrong with that. Why not major in finance? Nothing wrong with that either.</p>

<p>well i know that i will attend either UCLA, USC, or Cal Poly SLO</p>

<p>im awaiting UCLA and USC's decision, i would say im borderline for both schools, but i already got into SLO.</p>

<p>i dont know if i would like to do engineering undergrad, its just something that im not that interested in anymore. </p>

<p>what majors do you think would benefit my situation? why is it that you mentioned finance?</p>

<p>I say major in engineering for undergrad and then go MBA, having engineering in your background will make you highly/most marketable to any employer...</p>

<p>I mentioned finance because that major will provide you tangible skills/knowledge that will be helpful regardless of the route you take.</p>

<p>Engineering is a fine route to go, and would particularly help you if you are interested in operations. However, it is not necessary for you to go that route to be successful in business.</p>

<p>Well yeah, if the OPs wants to do strictly business then I would say do finance for undergrad. Besides, to succeed in engineering you have to be focused mainly on engineering.</p>