Studying management will help you learn to visualize the final result, outline and communicate the process, and successfully motivate your colleagues to a measurable, obtainable result.
Good, sound leadership is in demand in every type of organization.
- Various companies and departments in the non-profit, government, and public spheres.
Strategies: Be prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions. Demonstrate initiative and leadership to get promoted. Gain experience through internships or summer and part-time jobs. Work at a retail store or restaurant; advance into an assistant manager position.
Get involved in student organizations and assume leadership roles. Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic, integrity, and a sense of independence. Take courses in a secondary specialty such as marketing or information systems to increase job opportunities. Learn to work well on a team and develop strong communication skills.
Human Resources Management
Strategies: Take courses in the social sciences such as psychology and sociology. Gain relevant experience through internships. Develop strong verbal and written communication skills. Learn to solve problems creatively, and gain experience with conflict resolution.
Build a solid background in technology because many human resource systems are automated. Join the Society of Human Resource Management and other related professional associations. Be prepared for continuous learning once in the profession. Seek endorsements such as the Professional Human Resource Certification (PHR). Earn a master’s degree for career advancement or a law degree for employment law.
Strategies: Develop strong analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving. Take additional courses in statistics and computer systems. This is a more technical side of business. Develop skills in budgeting and cost management. Take additional accounting and finance courses.
Learn to manage multiple situations and problems. Be able to communicate effectively with different types of people in various functional areas. Earn an MBA to reach the highest levels of operations management.
Strategies: Obtain experience through internships or summer and part-time jobs. Seek leadership positions in campus organizations. Work for the campus newspaper, directory, or radio station selling advertisements. Become highly motivated and well-organized. Develop a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
To deliver effective customer service, develop problem solving skills, self-confidence, assertiveness, and empathy. Learn to work well under pressure and to be comfortable in a competitive environment. Be prepared to work independently and to be self-motivated. Plan to work irregular and/or long hours.
Learn to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. Take additional courses in interpersonal communication and public speaking. Develop strong persuasion skills and learn how to build relationships. Some positions in sales, such as pharmaceuticals, require at least one to two years of a proven record in outside sales. Be prepared to start in a different industry before getting a job in pharmaceuticals.
- Risk Management
- Loss Control
Strategies: Complete an internship with an insurance agency. Talk to professionals in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Initiative and sales ability are necessary to be a successful agent or broker. Develop strong communication skills as many positions require interaction with others and the ability to explain information clearly and concisely.
Strategies: Develop a solid background in business including marketing and accounting. Get experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in a bank. Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele.