Have you ever wondered why teachers and professors always make a big deal to students to take business classes? I’ve had, and still have, friends who are taking or have taken business classes that talk to me about the point of it all. As a business major, let me shed some light as to why taking at least one business class in college is important for your career.
Business is more than transactions
A lot of people think that taking a business course is the same thing as taking an accounting or finance class. Of course, while those two subjects are business related, a general business class can offer a variety of different skills. Business administration, for example, can teach you communication skills, problem-solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and even leadership; all of which can be used anywhere and for practically any job setting.
You’re more knowledgeable
A general business class can provide you with a more in-depth understanding of how to address uncomfortable situations in the workplace. If you’re like me, and not very good at confrontation, this would probably be something to consider. Business ethics are applied professional ethics that examines ethical principles and moral/ethical problems in the workplace. Taking a class in this will give you a better understanding of how to approach a sticky situation with a coworker or supervisor.
It can save you money
I’ve never really been an online shopper, but I have plenty of friends who impulsively buy things they think they need. A finance class could potentially save you time and money, and it’s nice because business schools understand not everyone who takes business-related classes are business majors. I would highly recommend a basic personal finance class, just to learn that benefits and ways to save your money for the future.
It can make you money
Anyone who understands what money is and what it does will tell you they want more of it or they don’t have enough. Especially now that most parents aren’t fully supporting you anymore, taking a few business classes can’t hurt. There’s an overwhelming amount of information you can learn in these classes that will help you in your everyday life post-graduation.
It can put you ahead of the game
Any advisor or career coach you talk to will urge you to stay ahead of other employees, or in this case, your peers. Business courses incorporate excel spreadsheets and computer skills that can help you and even set you apart from other students. Minoring or even taking a few business classes will put you ahead of that other job applicant and can even land you the job.
Even if you think you wouldn’t be good at business or that’s not the path you want to take, I highly recommend considering taking at least one business course. Take advantage of the opportunity you have and maybe learn how business could affect your career.