If you had to formulate a guess on the most popular online degree program, what major would you choose?
Of the many online degree programs available, the most popular is ... (drum roll) ...
A Business Administration degree can open students up to a variety of opportunities in entrepreneurship, consulting, business/finance, business operations and marketing, to name a few.
If you're considering a Business Administration degree (or a Master's of Business Administration), you'll want to be prepared when it comes time to start your career. The process of preparing for your future shouldn't begin after completing your business classes. Successful business students think about potential careers while completing relevant course projects and papers in their online degree programs.
In other words, take action while you're going through B-school for optimal results.
How is that done? Here are five simple ways to make the most out of your Business Administration degree:
1. If your school has a career center, utilize its resources.
It's essential to keep your resume up to date, accurate and clean, especially if you're actively involved in career clubs and/or work while attending school. A career opportunity could pop up at any time; you don't need added stress by fumbling at the last minute to update your resume.
2. Tap into the faculty's knowledge base.
One of your most valuable resources in preparing for your future will be professors in your online degree program.
"These are the people who probably have the jobs you want," said Niccole Buckley, Dean of the Grantham University Mark Skousen School of Business. "Use them as network possibilities, for tips on what's hot in the market, what certifications to go into and what textbooks to keep."
Furthermore, faculty members may have had experience or are still working in the business field in which they're teaching. Ask them about suggested career paths.
There's also a chance these faculty members incorporate distinguished software into their business curriculum. If this is the case, don't shy away from this opportunity. Embrace working with advanced and newer programming. It could impact your future in business.
"Now-a-days with business intelligence, for instance, they are making decisions that are weighted in numbers," Buckley said. "Students that know they can put that on their resume and go into an interview saying, 'I believe in managing by metrics. Here is the software I've used before,' should have an advantage. Maybe the faculty can help the student use this software."
3. Network, network, network.
Sure, connect with your career center and your professors, but don't forget about fellow classmates. Many students enrolled in online degree programs are already working full- or part-time jobs. Utilize classroom discussion boards and social media channels if you're curious about a particular career field or opportunity.
"In every class, immediately seek out one or two people that you can call for help," Grantham University Business faculty member Chase Cookson said.
4. Know your library (and your librarian).
"If you are having difficulty finding information on your topic, the librarian can be a valuable resource," Cookson said. "They can also help you learn how to better use the search to focus on the most optimal and relevant results."
Becoming efficient in how you approach your school work can translate into being an efficient employee after earning your degree.
5. Understand the philosophy of your school's prominent figure(s).
Are you going to a school that has its business school named for a particular individual? Research this person extensively. You'll notice the benefits of your research most when you look for a new job.
"With Grantham, for instance, Mark Skousen is the namesake of the school," Buckley said. "It would help students to really understand the philosophy of his theories ... This is a man who hangs out with Steve Forbes (editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes), Peter Thiel (co-founder of Pay-Pal) and John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods Market). These are his friends. What better way to speak in an interview to say I went to Mark Skousen's School of Business and this is what we learned?"
It should also send a message to the potential employer that you understand the school's mission and are able to clearly articulate its message in a business environment. This could make it easier for the hiring manager to envision you in the position for which you're interviewing.
Feel free to add more steps on how to get the most out of your Business Administration degree in the comments section below.
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