Studying for a marketing exam prompted me to pass along a piece of advice I would find helpful had I not already declared a minor.
If you find yourself questioning your major, minor, or any of the serious, life-changing decisions a college student must make on a regular basis, I encourage you to not only consider taking, but to enroll in, at least one business course.
Business majors are no doubt victim to some of the more severe stereotyping known to accompany a field of study. A degree in business carries with it a set of negative connotations. As a result, strangers may be quick to make assumptions about you as a person, or more specifically, your work ethic.
This certainly doesn’t apply to everyone. But, after just two years attending a university with a top ten business school, I’ve seen nearly every stereotype validated more times than I can count. Fortunately, if you heed my advice, only a few will apply to you.
Whether a senior in high school, an incoming freshman, a fifth-year, or anything in-between, a deeper understanding of business is never a bad thing. The decision to declare myself a business minor has (so far) proved equally as rewarding as the decision to pursue a BS in computer science, if not more.
For students positive they want to pursue a career solely in entrepreneurship, a (full) business degree is a no-brainer.
For the rest of us, the benefits of a business minor might not be immediately obvious.
Let me clarify that I’m not encouraging anyone to declare themselves a business major. Rather, I’m encouraging all who have found their respective field of study, yet refuse to eliminate the possibility of an entrepreneurial career, to take at least one business course.
Take anything. Be it a 100-level introductory course or something more specific like accounting or marketing. It really doesn’t matter as long as the door to business remains open.
In the end, if you decide to declare yourself a business minor, congrats! I can’t think of a better way for an aspiring entrepreneur to improve him/herself than in this very manner. While rudimentary when compared to their “major” counterparts, courses designed specifically for business minors (a.k.a. non-business majors) divulge a wealth of general business knowledge essential to every beginning entrepreneurs arsenal.
Having completed just three of the required courses for my business minor, I’m already unable to find a reason not to recommend them to everyone I see.
Find a career path where a deeper understanding of accounting, business law, and marketing is entirely useless and throw it in a comment below.
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