A business and management studies degree prepares you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Your career options are therefore varied. Decide on the area you want to work in and try to get relevant work experience. This may be in the form of a structured work placement, part-time job, voluntary work or even a period of work shadowing. Some courses include a placement in industry. Use this time to develop your skills further and to establish contacts within the industry.
Around two-thirds of business studies graduates are in full-time employment six months after graduation. Of this number, around a fifth work as business and finance professionals in areas such as chartered accountancy, business consultancy, tax, banking, city markets and insurance.
Where are the jobs?
Industries as diverse as chemicals, utilities, fashion, health, grocery and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues. Opportunities exist in management and analysis roles with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Graduate training schemes offered by large employers frequently focus on 'commercial' roles and may be of interest to business studies graduates. Many give experience in several departments but others encourage specialisation from the outset. These recruitment schemes are advertised in directories available free from your careers service as well as online.
Jobs directly related to your degree
A degree in business studies prepares you for a variety of jobs including:
- Chartered accountant
- Chartered certified accountant
- Chartered management accountant
- Corporate investment banker
- Insurance underwriter
- Management consultant
- Retail banker
- Risk manager
Jobs where your degree would be useful
You could also apply the skills from your business studies degrees to positions such as:
- Human resources officer
- Logistics and distribution manager
- Marketing executive
- Retail manager
- Systems analyst
Although some of the jobs listed here might not be first jobs for many graduates, they are among the many realistic possibilities with your degree, provided you can demonstrate you have the attributes employers are looking for. Bear in mind that it's not just your degree discipline that determines your options. Remember that many graduate vacancies don't specify particular degree disciplines, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.