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A common perception is that business means working in a formal environment for large corporations, but there are many different company sizes and cultures. 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 the ability to learn information quickly. Consultants will be immersed in 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.
There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for this field as there are many pathways, the lists below are not all-inclusive.
Consider coursework in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Journalism, Communications Studies, Management, Leadership, Certificate in Professional Sales.
Some students choose to go on for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or other related programs. Most graduate schools prefer that you gain some experience before applying. You can search for graduate school programs with the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.
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Business Career Field Spotlights