Career Options by Major
Students have many career options available to them when they graduate from the KU School of Business. Often students are unsure of all of the opportunities that are available to them. Therefore, the below information will help students who are undecided on which major might be best for them, along with some handouts that will provide students with a brief summary of some of the career paths specifically aligned with the KU School of Business majors.
How to Choose Your Business Major:
Plan Ahead—Begin your search early by reading up on the various majors, the types of courses that are required and the kinds of jobs that require those majors. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your options and the academic requirements for each major in which you have an interest. Start doing all of the items below during your freshman or sophomore year so you have adequate time to attend events, read up on the various areas, and consider your options.
Read about your major or area of interest:
- Vault--The BCS has subscribed to The Vault! Our partnership with Vault enables our students to access exclusive, premier-level career content for free. Through unbiased, insider information about companies, industries and professions Vault’s content has been highly respected by information and media professionals as “the most trusted name in career information” for more than a decade. Whether it’s a comprehensive company profile, a career topic guidebook, an industry article, or simply a sample résumé, each piece of information on Vault is easy to access and use to make critical choices and prepare and position the job-seeker to successfully apply and win a job. Open the Vault by setting up your free account today at www.business.ku.edu/vault.
Attend Events—Business Career Services hosts a variety of events designed to educate students about the available career options. Find out what is going on right now! Some examples include:
- Career Roundtables
- Industry Nights
- Career Fairs
Do an Internship—Even if you are unsure of what major you ultimately want to graduate with, doing an internship can help you to confirm your thoughts that you are in the right major or help you to decide on other areas that would be a better fit. Even if you learn that your current major is not a good fit, you will have some professional experience on your resume and a chance to make any necessary changes before you encounter the added responsibilities of having a full-time job in that area.
Join a Club—The School of Business, as well as the University in general, hosts a variety of clubs related to just about every subject area you can think of! Many of the business clubs bring in speakers from industry which allows student members a chance to learn about some career paths while networking with other students and employers.
Take Classes—If you are unsure of which major to declare, a good way to get a feel for the subject is to take some introductory courses in the area. Your academic advisor can help you to create a schedule that will help you explore your options while fulfilling your graduation requirements.
Register for HireJayhawks.com—Once you have set up your free account through the BCS website, you can search for the kinds of jobs that require the major you think you are interested in. Read through the job description and think about if you the kinds of jobs you find for a given major are of interest to you. If they are, you may want to consider that major; if they aren’t, then that major may not be a good fit for you.
Do an Informational Interview—One of the best ways to learn about a career is to talk to someone who is currently in that career. Students can contact someone who works in the field they think they want to work in to interview them for advice on getting into the field or information about the daily routines of a specific job. Students can contact companies on their own to get a referral or stop by BCS for help in finding someone to interview.
Schedule an Appointment in the BCS—Students who are unsure of which business major to choose are invited to make an appointment to sit down with a career counselor in the BCS to discuss their options. Students should also meet with their academic advisor to learn more about specific academic requirements for each major.
Helpful Career & Business Publications Online:
- Fast Company - Has an excellent career section with articles on how to switch careers or make a career move, returning to school, and finding meaningful work. It also has links to excellent career tools.
- Forbes - Business & Financial News
- Career Journal - Electronic newsletter that contains career columnists, Q&A, Salary and Hiring info, Job-Hunting advice, Regional information, excellent articles and links to related sites.
- Occupational Information Network - General information and career guidance, including industry outlooks and assessments.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics - Detailed economy and labor statistics.
- Career One Stop - Provides resources for career exploration, training, and skills-building for various industries.
- After College - Allows you to identify jobs that past KU students have explored.
- Career Resources for Diverse Communities