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Business-related roles exist within most industries, so it is important to distinguish what functional role you would like to play within a company/organization. Perhaps you are passionate about working in health care but are interested in consulting. Or you want to work in advertising but are interested in sales.
A common perception is that business means working in a formal environment for corporations such as General Mills, Cargill or 3M. These companies do need people in consulting, marketing, sales, human resources, finance and more, but organizations within the nonprofit industry also need these roles! To begin this process, consider which industry segment you’d like to work in: government, non-profit, education, start-ups/entrepreneurial ventures, or “corporate America.” Then, explore functional roles (example: sales) and consider if this aligns well with the work environment.
As you search, remember that there are other business-related roles to explore that cut across most industries. Some positions have certain degree requirements but others do not. Therefore, it is possible to get a business-related position even if you do not have a business-related degree.
Consultants, sales representatives and marketers need strong relationship building skills. Much of the work revolves around working closely with people, both internally (your team) and externally (your client). They also have an ability to learn information quickly. Consultants will be immersed into a project quickly and will be expected to advise on complex problems. Sales representatives need to learn as much as they can about the product or service they are selling before pitching it to an audience. And marketers need to be aware of factors that could impact the demand or awareness of a product or service.