By Susan Ott
If you’ve made the decision to go back to college to study business, you still have an important decision to make – and it’s not just which school you will attend.
Within the broad category of bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in business, there are many different majors that can equip you for very specific job opportunities. You may choose one based on college credits or work experience you already have that gives you a strong foundation in a particular area of business. Alternatively, you may simply feel that your personal talents and academic strengths make you a good candidate for one facet of business more than others. It’s important to research the options at this stage to make sure the business program you select boosts your chances of succeeding in the particular career path you want.
Business schools have a particularly long history of working with adults who are returning to school to finish a degree. For decades, employers offered tuition assistance to managers going back to school, and in many cases actually insisted that some “senior track” employees get a more advanced business degree if they wanted to keep working in the company. As a result, schools from local community colleges right on up to the top graduate schools are accustomed to working with students in their 30s, 40s or older who have entry-level experience in the business world and need to improve their skill sets. As business has become more complex, schools have increased the number of specialized business degrees they offer.
Read on through the links below to find out what each business major focuses on, what types of bachelor’s and associates degrees are available in each, the personality traits best suited to each, and what main job functions each degree will equip you for:
– Business Administration
– Business Management
– Human Resources
– International Business