Working myself up to Corporate

<p>Hello, if you guys don't know, I've had a lot of threads about myself being puzzled whether to major in accounting or business administration. However, after working in my current summer job, I think I have a glimpse of what I want to do. </p>

<p>To briefly state my background, I am an upcoming sophomore business major undecided between accounting and business administration in a top state public university with only a 3.0 gpa which definitely needs room for improvement. I currently work at Armani Exchange as a sales associate, nothing to flashy or impressive but something definitely beneficial to my resume. I do not want to permanently work as a sales associate, or even a store manager, but I want to value this experience and plan to work in Corporate in a prestigious company such as this or Gucci, Prada etc. My question is, in order for me to work in that kind of position, what major is more preferable or should I say is deem necessary? Or with this kind of summer experience, what path can or should I take? What do you guys think? Thank you.</p>

<p>High GPA is your best bet.</p>

<p>visit their corporate website and you will see their job listing with description of what skills and systems you will need. For example, if you want to be an accountant at Prada, it will be nice if you know about fashion but it is irrelevant. They will be more interested in your accounting knowledge.</p>

<p>Companies like that seem like they'd be a refuge for gay professionals. A company like Prada probably has its corporate offices stacked with females with degrees in communications from prestigious colleges, gay men, and handsome minorities. You'd really have to fit the mold, that's just my guess. It's not like they're going to hire, say, some republican-looking guy with no fashion sense.</p>

<p>Unfortunately for most people, being good looking or tall increases your chance of being hired not just at Prada but everywhere.</p>

<p>blazin, get an MBA.</p>

<p>that would help your changes to work at Corporate at a Retailer/fashion house</p>

<p>First of all Prada is not a corporation, it is a privately held company.</p>

<p>A corporation can be private.</p>

<p>geesh, someone needs to read a business book or something</p>

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<p>@JohnAdams12 I made a mistake, its a privately held corporation.</p>

<p>He's looking for a job not an investment opportunity...</p>

<p>commentcomment's advice was solid - check out what type of degrees they're hiring right now for what type of positions.</p>

<p>I would imagine that an Accounting degree (with a high enough GPA) would land you a job as an accountant for one of these companies. How much lateral movement that typically takes place within the company is a case-by-case situation. If you get hired as an accountant, you very may well be stuck handling the accounting for that company for the next 30 years. You may also be able to quickly show that you're an adept manager or marketer, in which case they may move you to another position. Either are possible, so if I were you I would account (pun intended) for the worst case scenario as you make your degree plans, just in case.</p>

<p>If you choose to go for a Business Administration major then you will most likely either need a stellar GPA, or some solid extra-curricular activities/ jobs in order to get your foot in the door.</p>

<p>As you're going through all of this I would also check out whether or not any of these companies, or companies that are industry-related, have Junior or Senior year college internships.</p>

<p>Good Luck!</p>

<p>virtu, are you out of college?</p>

<p>"You may also be able to quickly show that you're an adept manager or marketer, in which case they may move you to another position." Accountants can manage accountants too and be managers.</p>

<p>again, get an MBA to improve your chances of doing what you want to do</p>

<p>Top 20 MBA at least.</p>

<p>Thank you all for your responses!
Also speaking about graduate schools, I was looking to do my school's masters 4+1 program offer if I had majored in accounting. That would be 4 years in my current school and a back to back extra year at another state university to fulfill the 150 hour requirements. Then, with enough hours, I will be able to sit for the CPA exam. If i had majored in business administration instead, my other alternative would be, upon graduation, I would enter the workforce, gain some experience, then apply for an MBA. What frustrates me is that many people here are emphasizing the fact that if you don't go into a top 20 MBA, its merely impossible to enter the business world. How true is that? What's the bare minimum one must have to get accepted to one of the TOP 20 MBA's?</p>

<p>Also not to mention a ton of people are "degrading" the business administration major? How so? I dont quite understand how inefficient or meaningless this major can be. Is it because the major is so widely broad and unfocused?</p>