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How to Become a Business Professional

A wide range of education is available for those who wish to enter the business world.

If you’re interested in banking, accounting, finance, or the stock market, you might consider getting an MBA or a Master’s Degree in Accounting, before embarking on your career. Most graduate schools offer real-world scenarios and case studies in their classrooms, to give the courses more relevance to the business world.

 

Liberal Arts Degrees are Okay

A college liberal arts undergraduate degree is suitable for entry-level careers in advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managerial jobs. When you’ve had a few years of experience under your belt, go for a relevant graduate degree while working. Many employers will pay for this education if it’s directly related to your job.

For careers in marketing, sales, and promotions management, many employers look for college undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing. For advertising management positions, an undergraduate degree in advertising or journalism is suitable. Journalism degrees also apply to public relations careers, with perhaps a master’s degree in public relations as well.

 

Add Management Courses and Internships

Along with these degrees should come college courses in management. Paid or unpaid internships at similar firms are also regarded highly, and don’t forget to hone your computer skills, especially word processing and database applications.

It doesn't’t hurt to start out on the ground floor. For example, if you want to be a sales manager eventually, begin as a sales representative, to get the basic experience. Most companies like to promote from within their own ranks, before they look to hire from outside.

 

Source: http://www.bls.gov

 

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