What can I do with this degree? - MANAGEMENT
EMPLOYERSBusiness and industry including: Banks and financial institutions, Retail stores, Restaurants, Hotels, Service providers, Healthcare organizations
Local, state and federal government
STRATEGIESBe prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions. Gain experience through internships or jobs. Work at a retail store or restaurant, and 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.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENTRecruiting/Staffing
Equal Employment Opportunity
EMPLOYERSLarge corporate entities
Hospitals and healthcare organizations
Temporary or staffing agencies
Executive search firms
Local, state and federal government
STRATEGIESTake 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. Develop strong computer skills 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.
Earn a master’s degree for career advancement.
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENTOperations Research Analysis: Business strategy, Facilities layout, Inventory control, Personnel scheduling
Production Management: Line supervision, Manufacturing management, Production planning, Quality assurance
Materials Management: Purchasing/buying, Traffic management, Inventory management
STRATEGIESDevelop 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. Learn to manage multiple situations and problems. Be able to communicate with different types of people in various functional areas. Earn an MBA to reach the highest levels of operations management.
Consumer Product Sales
Financial Services Sales
EMPLOYERSProfit and nonprofit organizations
Product and service organizations
Print and electronic media
STRATEGIESObtain experience through internships or sales jobs. Must be highly motivated and well organized. Proven leadership abilities are desirable. Develop a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
Savings and loan associations
Financial services institutions
Federal Reserve banks
STRATEGIESDevelop 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.
STRATEGIESComplete an internship with an insurance agency. Talk to professionals in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Many good, entry-level positions exist in these areas. 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.
REAL ESTATEResidential Brokerage
EMPLOYERSReal estate brokers
Apartment and condominium complexes
STRATEGIESObtain sales experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions.
Research the process of becoming a real estate broker through the National Association of Realtors. Develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Research apprenticeships in appraisal.
GENERAL INFORMATIONManagement is a broad business degree that can lead to many career opportunities. Students should clearly define their career goals and seek related experiences to reach those goals.
Gaining experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships is critical.
Many desirable skills can be developed through participation in and leadership of student organizations.
Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find a mentor.
Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.
Learn to work well in a team and effectively with a wide variety of people.
Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are important to achieving success in this field.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer