Business and Management

If you've studied business or business management and are wondering about your career options and how to get your first graduate job, have a look at the following careers information for help and tips. If you'd like to talk anything through, arrange a careers interview with us.

What career options are there with my business degree?

A business or business management degree is an ideal way to gain essential knowledge in the fundamentals of business, accounting, finance and commercial awareness – knowledge that is useful in any industry and highly transferable. Business graduates are in a postion to consider a wide range of careers in the business/commercial field covering many industries including public and private sectors. Here are some examples from Inside Careers of areas a graduate with a business  related degree might consider:

Business is a competitive sector to enter. Therefore you need to ensure you have a good degree and the skills required by graduate recruiters. These skills include:

  • Commercial awareness - understanding organisation structure and behaviour.
  • A high level of written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative.
  • A good standard of numeracy skills.
  • The ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data and information.
  • Project management.
  • Analytical skills with the ability to think critically and logically.
  • A creative approach to problem solving.
  • Time management skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • The ability to influence others.
  • Negotiating and decision making skills.
  • IT skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure and achieve deadlines and targets.
  • Continuous updating on new methods and the changing nature of the profession.
  • Willingness to learn as continuous learning is an important part of working in this sector.

Work experience is essential in this area. Many large companies offer structured industrial placements in many areas of business and these can be year long or summer placements.

Once you have selected your chosen area, you will have the opportunity to progress by completing the relevant professional qualification. As business is a diverse sector, these qualifications range from certificates in accountancy and finance to postgraduate qualifications in human resources.

Visit the Careers Centre where there is information on getting into a career in business and management. 

Jobs in business

Job roles within business can vary greatly as it covers a large number of different areas. Therefore you will need to research the different areas thoroughly to ensure the job matches your skills and interests. Below are some examples from the Prospects website of roles graduates with business related degree are suitable for:

What do University of Wolverhampton business graduates do?

This is what some of our recent graduates were doing 6 months after finishing their course:

  • Project manager
  • Placement officer
  • Quality and monitoring officer
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Buyer
  • Commercial banking advisor
  • Customer care manager

Where can I find jobs and work experience in business?

Job hunting websites specifically focused on this sector are listed below, along with other websites which you may find useful.

You may also find the graduate job search for Business, Consulting and Management on the  Prospects website useful.

 

Other websites that may be an interest

Industry professional bodies

Industry magazines 

Other useful websites and further information