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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.

Undergrad Coursework

Consider coursework in  Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Journalism, Communications Studies, Management, Leadership, Certificate in Professional Sales.

Graduate Coursework

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.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities in this career field!

Careers

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.

O*NET, a free online database that provides career information including job duties, salary, and job growth information for hundreds of careers to start exploring careers in this field. For more information, see this list of sample titles to get you started:

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (please note: this requires an advanced degree)
  • Marketing Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager

You can also watch career profiles of professionals (including UMN alums) who are working in the fields of Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Real Estate, and Marketing & Sales!

Below is a small sampling of organizations and their positions that have recruited CLA students in the past. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students.

  • Account Manager, ShopNBC
  • Business Analyst, Keyot
  • Business Management Associate, General Mills
  • Business Management Consultant, Boom Lab
  • Consultant, Deloitte
  • Marketing Manager, Ameriprise Financial Inc.
  • Project Manager, 3M Health Care
  • Sales/Marketing Coordinator, The Caldrea Company
  • Business Coordinator, Katapult Network
  • Business Development Consultant, ComPsych
  • Sales Rep, Oracle
  • Recruiter, Robert Half
Get Experience: Internships and more!

Seek out opportunities, such as those listed below, to develop the 10 Core Career Competencies. Teamwork & Leadership, Oral & Written Communication, and Applied Problem Solving are especially valued in the business, consulting, marketing & sales career field.

Internships and Part-Time Jobs

Below is a small sampling of organizations and their positions where CLA students have done internships and part-time jobs in the past. For a more comprehensive, search GoldPASS, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students or search for on-campus jobs.

  • Merchandise Analyst Intern, Kohl’s
  • Retail Marketing Intern, Minnesota Wild
  • Human Resources Intern, Thomson Reuters
  • Buyer Assistant, Fly Feet Running
  • Corporate Sustainability Intern, Andersen Corporation
  • Market Research Intern, HealthPartners
  • Financial Planning Intern, Ameriprise
  • Creative Marketing Intern, Dalco enterprises inc.
  • Marketing Intern, Anagram International
  • Brokerage Intern, River Realty
  • Finance Intern, Webb Financial Group
  • Financial Analyst Intern, General Mills
  • Human Resources Intern, Lunds & Byerlys
  • Private Client Group Intern, RBC Wealth Management
  • Sales Intern, Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Accounting Intern, US Bank
  • Insurance Brokerage and Consulting Intern, Wells Fargo

Volunteer

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has advising staff that will help you get connected to one of the 300+ community organizations that match your interests. HECUA is a program that offers off-campus study opportunities that address some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and fieldwork.

Join a Student Group

Consider getting involved with a student group. Use the search function to find groups that match your interests. Here is a list of groups that may be of interest to you:

 

Job and Internship Search

Job & Internship Search Sites

Building Relationships

Talk with and Observe Professionals

Networking can help you explore a career field; start by doing informational interviews which is when you set up a time to have a discussion with people who are in organizations or professions that are of interest to you to ask questions about their career path. Then, find opportunities to observe (or Job Shadow) these professionals at work, so you can get a better sense of what that career would be like. Find alumni and professionals to speak with by searching the free to use Maroon & Gold Network which allows students to do highly tailored searches to find alumni and professionals in the community who share their specific career interests. For example, you can browse the network to find individuals who are willing to share insights by industry, college, major, degree type, employer, location and more. You can also find contacts by using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool.

Professional Organizations

Get involved with one or more professional organizations to gain career insights, search for jobs and internships, attend conferences, and/or connect with people in this career field.

 

Advice From Employers

“I would suggest for the students to get involved in student organizations and seek out roles beyond just being a member. Challenge yourself to take on a lead role whenever possible so you can exercise making decisions, collaborating with others, delegating tasks, solving problems etc. Only doing well on individual class assignments does not prepare you enough for all careers.” –Target, representative

“I would suggest seeking out connections to network with as a sophomore in hopes to get an internship as a junior. Take time to go to networking events and career fairs because we are there in hopes to find you!”  –Target, representative

“Be able to talk to people in person and on the phone - not just email or other digital communications.  The ability to build good relationships and influence people is critical in this business setting.”  -C.H. Robinson, representative

“You have to be prepared for the interview and do research on the company and industry. We offer an awesome career path and a lot to offer, but we also want to see the interest and excitement to come and work for us.” -C.H. Robinson, representative

“Do your research, learn about companies and their competitors. Have a grasp of the marketplace, trends, history, etc. Practice interviewing, do research and try to do informational interviews.” –Best Buy, representative

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.