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My question is in the title. if I do a business degree (say business management?) will this lead to me doing a boring office job for the rest of my life? what jobs can you get with a business degree that are actually cool???
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Depends on what you mean by cool. You can teach with a business studies degree (not entirely sure about business management). You can also go into business research with higher degrees (I'd skip the master's and go straight for the doctorate where possible for business, unless you want to specialise).

I have yet to find an employer who specifically asks for a bachelor's in business or management though. There are places where you will be asked about an MBA, but they are for more senior positions.

The things with business and management degrees are that

  • they are not considered quantitative enough for the mathematically demanding jobs
  • they don't provide you with specialist skills e.g. use in particular software
  • don't provide you with experience in certain environments e.g. labs
As such, the degrees resort you to doing jobs that most people with any degree could do or apply for. Having said that. the above applies to a lot of degrees out there.
Business and management degrees do provide you with business knowledge, but that won't help you distinguish yourself from most other job candidates though, as you will be trained from the ground up. You will be at an advantage starting up your own business.

I think you can apply for any of the defense services though e.g. navy, air force, army, MI6. I don't know how much advantage you will have compared to those without degrees or those with any degree.

Whilst business and management degrees don't provide you with wide options, you can always specialise in a particular skill with further qualifications below degree level e.g. accounting (your degree should provide exemptions), marketing, HR.
You can also further study for a particular skill and ignore the level 4 component of the qualification e.g. car mechanic, fitness instructor, sports coach, plumber, gas technician, electrician, computer repair, a particular type of programmer. A good number of these can cost less than £1000.
There are jobs where you can work with little to no qualifications e.g. estate agents, letting agents, salesperson, consultant, writer, actor, recruiter, artist, singer.
There are apprenticeships available to specialise in a trade - they accept graduates.
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Depends on what you mean by cool. You can teach with a business studies degree (not entirely sure about business management). You can also go into business research with higher degrees (I'd skip the master's and go straight for the doctorate where possible for business, unless you want to specialise).

I have yet to find an employer who specifically asks for a bachelor's in business or management though. There are places where you will be asked about an MBA, but they are for more senior positions.

The things with business and management degrees are that

  • they are not considered quantitative enough for the mathematically demanding jobs
  • they don't provide you with specialist skills e.g. use in particular software
  • don't provide you with experience in certain environments e.g. labs
As such, the degrees resort you to doing jobs that most people with any degree could do or apply for. Having said that. the above applies to a lot of degrees out there.
Business and management degrees do provide you with business knowledge, but that won't help you distinguish yourself from most other job candidates though, as you will be trained from the ground up. You will be at an advantage starting up your own business.

I think you can apply for any of the defense services though e.g. navy, air force, army, MI6. I don't know how much advantage you will have compared to those without degrees or those with any degree.

Whilst business and management degrees don't provide you with wide options, you can always specialise in a particular skill with further qualifications below degree level e.g. accounting (your degree should provide exemptions), marketing, HR.
You can also further study for a particular skill and ignore the level 4 component of the qualification e.g. car mechanic, fitness instructor, sports coach, plumber, gas technician, electrician, computer repair, a particular type of programmer. A good number of these can cost less than £1000.
There are jobs where you can work with little to no qualifications e.g. estate agents, letting agents, salesperson, consultant, writer, actor, recruiter, artist, singer.
There are apprenticeships available to specialise in a trade - they accept graduates.
Thank you!
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My question is in the title. if I do a business degree (say business management?) will this lead to me doing a boring office job for the rest of my life? what jobs can you get with a business degree that are actually cool???
Hello,

It is quite up to you in terms of what sort of career that you wish to persue. For example, you can enter the forces as an officer after completing a degree, you can choose a variety of roles to apply for, with some having a more business related focus. In addition to this, you now must have a degree to enter the police as an officer, the degree holder entry programme is open to those from all degree subjects so if you were seeking a very hands on career, these may be options to consider.

Many people who I know that have completed a business degree and not chosen a 9-5 job have often become self employed through roles such as copywriting or becoming a social media speciliast. If you had a marketing element to your degree, then you also could get involved with roles such as market research!

Some potential career ideas for those with a business management degree can be found here: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...ess-management!

If you have any questions then please [email protected] us

Best of luck,
Millie
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My question is in the title. if I do a business degree (say business management?) will this lead to me doing a boring office job for the rest of my life? what jobs can you get with a business degree that are actually cool???
What falls within your definition of cool? Most jobs that I consider cool are office jobs whereas your use of the term ‘boring office job’ suggests that would not be the case with you. I would suggest you make a list of cool jobs, look up successful people in such roles and find out what they studied, if they went to university at all.

Other than professions that require specific training such as medicine, law or engineering, most types of jobs are open to all regardless of their university major. Why are you interested in obtaining a business degree? Is this out of interest in the subject or a desire to be employable? If getting a job is your biggest concern, your class of degree (1st or 2:1) and reputation of your university will have the biggest say.
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What falls within your definition of cool? Most jobs that I consider cool are office jobs whereas your use of the term ‘boring office job’ suggests that would not be the case with you. I would suggest you make a list of cool jobs, look up successful people in such roles and find out what they studied, if they went to university at all.

Other than professions that require specific training such as medicine, law or engineering, most types of jobs are open to all regardless of their university major. Why are you interested in obtaining a business degree? Is this out of interest in the subject or a desire to be employable? If getting a job is your biggest concern, your class of degree (1st or 2:1) and reputation of your university will have the biggest say.
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It is likely that those who worked in an office pre-Covid may not do so five days a week post Covid. So-called hybrid working, part of the week at home, and not working standard 9-5 may become something more commonplace.
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