So what can you do with a business degree?
Let’s start with the obvious:
Accountants aren’t just number crunchers – they also manage the financial affairs of an organization and are key members of any management team. Accounting gives you the foundation to succeed in diverse careers in auditing, forensic accounting, taxation, financial reporting, budgeting and management consulting and to hold positions such as chief financial officer and chief executive officer. Our accounting courses are approved exemptions in the Canadian Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) program so students are well-positioned to start this exciting career after university graduation.
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Start your own business, take over a family business or even become a consultant or business advisor who helps others to start or grow a business. Use entrepreneurial thinking as an employee to be innovative and ready to take on new challenges.
Tap into your creative side as an advertising executive; stay ahead of the trends in technology and communication; support your passion by helping to raise an organization’s profile in a community; understand why people buy the things they do; know how to do market research; and use marketing tools to improve customer loyalty, experiences and relationships. Careers in marketing are diverse and include: marketing/brand manager, account executive, media planner/buyer, market research analyst, sales manager, sports/social media/events manager, public or media relations advisor and more.
But there are other areas of business that perhaps aren’t as familiar:
Finance deals with how individuals and businesses raise, spend and invest capital and how financial markets function. Finance gives you the skills to work as a banker, financial analyst, money manager, financial planner, venture capitalist or broker on a stock exchange. Our finance courses give students the background to complete certifications such as Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), all of which further prepare you to work in the diverse field of finance.
A business is nothing without the people who work for it, which means that human resources and labour relations professionals can work in any industry and follow any career path that suits their personal interests. They work in a variety of areas including compensation, staffing and recruitment. They negotiate labour agreements and contracts and handle grievances. They find the right employees and help organizations to keep them. They provide support to employees and help develop job descriptions, benefits packages and compensation structures. They maintain safe work places and ensure employees are happy and productive. Human resources and labour relations are a critical aspect of any organization.
Information systems professionals design, implement and manage information systems to create business value for organizations and business professionals. They are in high demand in many industries and are employed in careers such as business analysis, systems design, and information and knowledge management.
The world is getting smaller and the need for business professionals who understand global markets is growing. International business professionals are in demand all over the world in internationally-oriented organizations, from local businesses engaged in international trade, to multinational corporations, financial institutions and governmental organizations.
Operations research uses a scientific approach and information technology to analyze and solve problems and to make decisions. An ideal concentration for analytical thinkers and problem solvers, the field of operational research is part of the growing area of business analytics. It’s a field that is used by every type of organization to find optimal solutions for problems that have multiple alternatives and growing amounts of data. Operational researchers find jobs with airlines (to schedule flights and determine pricing), with companies like LinkedIn and Google (to look at how people are connected), and with transportation services such as Purolator and UPS (to determine optimal facility locations and shipping routes).
Careers in supply chain management focus on moving the right items to the right customers by the most efficient means. Consider companies like Walmart, whose success is due in large part to successful supply chain management, and you’ll understand why the demand for professionals in this area is expected to increase in the coming years. Careers in supply chain management are varied and include: supply chain analyst, co-ordinator, manager or consultant; materials/production planner or scheduler; buyer, purchaser; logistic co-ordinator, operations manager, inventory manager or expeditor, transportation co-ordinator; warehouse manager or distributor; and customer service manager.