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A Guide to Business Administration Careers

Mizio de Sousa

Business administration could be a rewarding and lucrative career if you're an analytical thinker with strong research skills and a leading mindset. The field is broad, and there are many roles to choose from depending on your interests and qualifications.

Work in the job sector you want

One of the unique benefits of business administration is that all employment sectors need business professionals. From the arts to finance, business administration careers can take you anywhere. So if you're particularly interested in one field, say theatre, chances are you can find a business administration position at a theatre company.

Here are some of the most popular routes and what you'll need to succeed.

Business Development Manager

The business developer position does precisely what it says. They generate sales for companies and are therefore one of the essential professionals in the workforce. To succeed, you should have strong interpersonal and communication skills, good business knowledge, and a natural aptitude for research.

Most companies require a degree from their entry-level business managers. Your studies don't have to be in business management per se, but you generally need to have a bachelor's degree. On the other hand, some companies have trainee business development positions that consider applicants without degrees but with different work experience (usually in sales).

Project Management

As a project manager, you can find employment in any industry. You'll be in charge of overseeing a project for a company, including aspects such as expenses, time management, quality, and risk. If you don't have a degree, you'll usually need to work in that industry to build up experience before you can land a job. If you do have a degree, many companies offer a graduate project management programme, where you'll be trained from the ground up. A business management degree does help, but most companies welcome applicants from most academic fields.

Business Analyst

A business analyst is employed to research and take in data to improve companies' operations. Your work can help firms become more efficient, profitable and increase employee retention. To succeed, you should have a strong aptitude for problem-solving, analysing information, and communicating findings efficiently.

Most companies will require a degree in any discipline; however, your chances will be improved if you have a business background with some modules in handling data. You could also opt for an apprenticeship instead of going to University, which would give you valuable hands-on experience from the get-go.

Retail Management

As a manager in a retail setting, your first position will likely involve looking after a store and managing employees. Good leadership skills are essential to ensure operations run smoothly and efficiently. The majority of retailers in the UK run graduate training programmes, which invite applicants from all fields of study.

Alternatively, if you don't have a degree, you can start in-store and work your way up with experience. Eventually, you'll progress to store management and then area management and beyond.

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