As a business administration major, you will develop communication and leadership skills that will make you a competitive candidate for high-level management jobs across a variety of fields.
Sample of Related Skills
- Understand and apply concepts, principles, and processes related to organizations in domestic and international settings
- Apply relevant ethical and legal guidelines and practices in public, private, and nonprofit organizations
- Understand and use appropriate statistics, research methodology, and program evaluation to conduct research related to public, private, and nonprofit organizations
- Apply concepts, principles, and processes related to budget, finance, resource development, and strategic planning to nonprofit organizations
- Apply strategies related to marketing, public relations, and communication
- Understand and apply theories, concepts, and practices related to leading and managing in public, private, and nonprofit organizations
Popular Career Paths
Sales: Involves recommending products based on customers' needs, answering questions about the products they sell, demonstrating products and processing sales
Human Resources: Involves overseeing the recruitment, training, and compensation of a company's employees
Entrepreneurship: Entails starting a new business or transforming existing ones
Retail: Involves selling any type of retail merchandise from cars to clothing to electronics
General Management: Entails complete responsibility, including profit and loss accountability, for the performance of an entire business or a business unit
Rotational Leadership: Provides individuals with an opportunity to rotate among different functional areas of an organization while gaining direct exposure to key leaders
Jobs to Consider
Places to Seek Employment
Colleges and Universities
Health Care Facilities
Wholesale and Retail Trade Companies
Hotels & Restaurants
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
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- Get experience through an internship or other relevant part-time or summer work.
- Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry. The Alumni Directories in the BCS provide a great place to start.
- Participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through a Friday Field Trip. Both are programs coordinated through the BCS.
- Attend the Business Career Fair each September to talk with hiring organizations and industry representatives.
- Join a relevant student organization that will facilitate career exploration.
- A willingness to start in sales is helpful, as many entry-level positions are in the sales areas.
- Seek leadership opportunities on campus.
- Engage in personal networking to enhance employment prospects.
- Apply to participate in Leadership Challenge, an event co-sponsored by the Schools of Business and Engineering.
- Explore KU’s LeaderShape program offered through the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
- Be prepared to start in entry-level management training programs.
- Key skills include ability to work in teams, interpersonal communication skills, public speaking skills, and problem-solving.
- An MBA may be required to reach the highest levels of management. Most programs require relevant experience before entering the MBA Program.
Job and Internship Search Resources
- American Management Association - career planning and job search tool for accounting careers
- Society for Human Resource Management - professional organization and career tools for human resource managers
- Careers in Health Management - career planning and job search tool for healthcare management positions