A quite frequent question we hear or have experienced all the time is what next after my degree? In this article we are looking at business degrees in particular and exploring our options.
Once you’ve completed or are nearing completion of your bachelors degree or even your masters degree in business, it is natural to turn your thoughts to your next course of action. So what are your options.
Start Working -
Straightforward choice, pretty much what you probably set out to do when you joined college for that management degree in the first place. If this is still your preferred goal, then start getting active and interacting with your college placement cell. Nothing can beat landing your first post graduation job while you are still in college. Business schools take pride in their on campus placement initiatives and you should look to take advantage of this as much as possible.
Slowly but surely teaching is becoming a popular option among many business graduates. We get many questions asking us our thoughts and ideas around teaching as a profession for a business degree graduate. An example is below (name withheld for privacy).
“I have a bachelors degree in Business Administration, but I I want to be a teacher. Should I go back to school for an education degree? Or would it be easier/faster to go back to school to get my masters to teach in a technical college/vocation school? What are my options for employment?“
Personally you should look at a teaching career only if it is something you are inclined to and not get into it because of paucity of jobs or other personal reasons. However I quite agree that sometimes you have very little choice and earning a living becomes a priority and teaching can be a rewarding career even if you pursue it for a short while. Here are some of the things you need to become a business or management teacher
First and foremost is education. A Bachelor of Science with a Business Major or a Bachelor of Science in Business with an education component. Usually though, teaching at a College or University level will require you to have a Masters in Business Administration or in some cases even a Ph.D in a field such as Marketing might be the standard.
If you are looking to teach at a high school level then you need to ensure that you are state licensed. Each state has varying requirements and we plan on listing each state requirements shortly to help you get better prepared. To be state licensed you will need to appear and clear the required certification exam. (Example- Texas Classroom teacher requirements)
Start your own Business
A popular choice these days, more and more business graduates are following their dream of starting their own company. Many students coming out of business school have very little interest in joining or going back to the workplace. Instead they would rather start something on their own and with venture capital easy to come by coupled with the rise of angel funding and super angels, we are in some sort of a start up boom at the moment.
Finally, you could look into further studies to improve your qualifications for that dream job. This choice is really dependent on what your preferred career plans are. If you are looking to become a teacher and would like to teach at a University level, then yes, study further, do your masters because without which your chances of landing a teaching assignment is very slim. On the other hand if you are looking to start earning immediately then finding a job becomes your number 1 priority.