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I have noticed myself people say business degrees aren't worth it. The other week we did introductions at college and one girl said she wants to do business at university. The teacher started saying "there is no point", trying to tell her that they are not worth it. Why do people say this? Is it because it doesn't lead to a certain career, like doing dentistry would make you a dentist, and accountancy leading to being an accountant. Share your thoughts on this topic.

p.s. I MIGHT do a business degree, because I am a young entrepreneur.
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Because you learn more by starting a business than reading from a textbook.
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Because you learn more by starting a business than reading from a textbook.
Well that is true, but surely it expands your knowledge, which you can then take into practise.
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I have noticed myself people say business degrees aren't worth it. The other week we did introductions at college and one girl said she wants to do business at university. The teacher started saying "there is no point", trying to tell her that they are not worth it. Why do people say this? Is it because it doesn't lead to a certain career, like doing dentistry would make you a dentist, and accountancy leading to being an accountant. Share your thoughts on this topic.

p.s. I plan to do a business degree, because I am a young entrepreneur.
It's an interesting question. I'm an aspiring entrepreneur too but do not do a business degree as they were deemed un-academic by a lot of employers and just aren't (for whatever reason) respected.
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p.s. I plan to do a business degree, because I am a young entrepreneur.
Then prove it by making money without doing a Mickey Mouse course?
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Yeah I'd like an answer for this, because I always wanted to do business but everyone always rips on it... like a degree in Business doesn't count.
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Well that is true, but surely it expands your knowledge, which you can then take into practise.
Most business degrees are essentially an MBA for chimpanzees.

MBAs are expensive and the best ones highly prized. Why? Because they teach people who are already middle managers how to be good senior managers.

An undergraduate business degree has no such function. It can't teach you to start a business, and it can't teach you to be a junior manager. In effect, the syllabus is pointless.

Everything is drawn from a higher level and then dumbed down - so there is little educational value, and absolutely no practical value.

In a real sense, a business degree will teach you the exact opposites of what you need to be an entrepreneur and equip you in the worst possible way.
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Everything is drawn from a higher level and then dumbed down - so there is little educational value, and absolutely no practical value.

In a real sense, a business degree will teach you the exact opposites of what you need to be an entrepreneur and equip you in the worst possible way.
As an A-level business student, I kinda agree. I'm probably better off doing a degree in another field I'm interested in and doing business on the side, but there would probably factors holding me back, one being a student with no money and another not having enough time because of the university work. I just wish I have time to make other committments if I choose to go down this route...
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I was so close in doing a business degree but decided to do a law degree simply because it was more respected than business. Bare in mind I was equally interested between the two degrees and was torn between the two.

The thing is business degrees have no aim. It's very broad and good for people who are clueless about their future as they gain skills in all sectors such as accounting, economics, marketing and management. Hence why they're so popular and over prescribed which perhaps defeats the value of the degree itself.

Vocational subjects like law, accounting and medicine are good especially if you have a liking and especially as you've specialised in a certain occupation. Law however is now becoming a very diverse degree and you could pretty much do anything with it besides law because it's a respected course.

If pursuing a Business degree i advise you have as much work experience as you can and I recommend doing a sandwich course at university (work placements) Only do a Business degree at the following universities :
Bath, Warwick, Loughborough, Nottingham, Exeter and some other top unis, these have high employability rates and should set you up for a career you wish.

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I don't think they are, remember there are different types of degree. MBA is a business degree and one of the most respected worldwide
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Everyone looks down on every degree that isn't theres. It's how it works. Unless it's the older generation, in which case they look down on degrees even if they know nothing about them.
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Subject-wise, business is one of those ones you pick when you don't know what else to choose and doesn't hold any merit because it's the kind of thing you should be doing outside of a school room. It's like creative writing- there are barely any degrees in plain 'Creative Writing' (they are usually coupled with English Lit) because if you're wanting to be a writer, learning it in schools is nothing compared to doing it yourself.
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TSR is full of the ol subject critics.

Do a subject you are genuinely passionate in, and take it. (Isn't business one of the more popular undergraduate courses also? ).

I also find it strange how it generally has a good employment statistics (pinch of salt of course) but people talk like its a General studies Degree.


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Its important here to realise the difference between a degree in business and a business degree
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It depends on what context, for example Industrial economics is the study of economics at a business level - but that is respected.
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TSR is full of the ol subject critics.

Do a subject you are genuinely passionate in, and take it. (Isn't business one of the more popular undergraduate courses also? ).

I also find it strange how it generally has a good employment statistics (pinch of salt of course) but people talk like its a General studies Degree.


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If you are genuinely interested in business, a business degree will be a disaster; which is generally untrue for most other combinations.

If you are interested in history, and you read History - that's fine- it's unlikely to attenuate your interest or make you a worse historian.

If you are interested in business, and you read Business, it won't help you in the slightest. It's a non-academic subject being taught by academics and won't make you a better business person.
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Its important here to realise the difference between a degree in business and a business degree
What's the difference?

Grammatically, it sounds pretty identical.

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Depends where you go. Nobody in this forum can hold a candle to someone doing business at Harvard. The economy is changing were moving towards a knowledge economy entrepreneurs with good business knowledge will succeed compared to your uneducated. Its also something to fall back on.
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What's the difference?

Grammatically, it sounds pretty identical.

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Maybe I didn't word that very well, I was trying to differentiate between degrees like Business Studies or Business Management and degrees like Economics, Accounting and Finance which are business degrees too
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I have noticed myself people say business degrees aren't worth it. The other week we did introductions at college and one girl said she wants to do business at university. The teacher started saying "there is no point", trying to tell her that they are not worth it. Why do people say this? Is it because it doesn't lead to a certain career, like doing dentistry would make you a dentist, and accountancy leading to being an accountant. Share your thoughts on this topic.

p.s. I MIGHT do a business degree, because I am a young entrepreneur.
Get the theory done, and set up shop yourself.
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