Careers with Management degree

As a business management student like me, I'm sure you are used to all the questions by now: "What do you want to do after you graduate?" "What can you do with that degree?" "What kind of business are you going to manage?"

I essentially chose my major by eliminating things I hated or wasn't good at. Science, math and history – those programs were all crossed off the list instantly. I also wanted something practical, and something I could actually make a career out of relatively easily. I eventually concluded that every business needs managers, and that I could decide later which department or industry I preferred.

Enthusiastic to begin my life in the real world and also hoping to put an end to the endless questions, I graduated with my bachelors degree in business management and a minor in technical sales. In the months after graduation, I realized that my degree wasn't the ticket to success that everyone made it out to be. Reality set in even harder and I moved back in with my parents and worked my part-time job as a cashier for eight more months, in the mean time filling out applications to every job that required a business degree. What was I doing wrong? Obviously filling out applications wasn't getting me very far. So, as they drilled into our heads in school, I had to rethink my strategy – and fast!

Business Management Overview

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sales managers held about 346, 900 jobs in 2008. Employment is expected to grow about as fast as average through 2018, and stiff competition is expected for jobs.

Companies Hiring Sales Managers

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The BLS reports that median annual wages for sales managers were $97, 260 in May 2008. The base salaries of sales managers are often supplemented by commission-based bonuses, which usually make up a large portion of total compensation.

It's Interesting

  • The Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff.), one of several public affairs degrees, historically has been a master level professional degree offered in public policy schools that provides training in public policy and the operation of government. Courses required for this degree educate students in public and non-profit management, policy analysis...

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