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Management
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Area

Management

  • Entry-level/management-trainee
  • Supervision of employees and operations
  • Project management
  • Team management

  • Information management
  • Operations management
  • Middle management
  • Top management

Employers

  • Nearly every type of organization across industries offer management positions:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Retail stores
    • Restaurants
    • Hotels and other facilities
    • Service providers

  • Continued:
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Manufacturers
    • Software and technology companies
    • Educational institutions

  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Self-employed

Strategies

  • Be prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions or corporate rotational training programs
  • Complete an internship or co-op in management
  • Hold leadership positions on campus
  • Demonstrate advanced competency in professionalism/work ethic and leadership
  • Take courses in a secondary specialty such as marketing or information systems
  • Demonstrate proven teamwork skills and the ability to motivate others
  • Develop strong problem-solving skills

Area

Human Resource Management

  • Recruiting/staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Safety

  • Employee relations
  • Industrial relations
  • Organizational development

  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Employment law
  • Consulting

Employers

  • Large organizations in a variety of industries:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Retail stores
    • Restaurants
    • Hotels and other facilities

  • Continued:
    • Service providers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Manufacturers
    • Software and technology companies
    • Educational institutions

  • Temporary or staffing agencies
  • Executive search firms
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Labor unions
  • Major nonprofit organizations

Strategies

  • Take courses in psychology and sociology
  • Gain relevant experience through internships
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills
  • Build strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Develop strong computer skills
  • Join the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a student for professional development and networking
  • Earn a master’s degree for career advancement or a law degree for employment law

Area

Operations Management

  • Operations 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

Employers

  • Manufacturers
  • Industrial organizations

  • Service organizations
  • Higher education

Strategies

  • Complete an internship in facilities management
  • Develop strong analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving
  • Learn budgeting and cost management
  • Take courses in statistics, computer systems, or logistics
  • Learn to successfully manage multiple situations and problems
  • Communicate effectively with different types of people in various functional areas
  • Earn an MBA for career advancement

Area

Sales

  • Industrial sales
  • Consumer product sales
  • Financial services sales
  • Services sales

  • Advertising sales
  • Corporate sales
  • Manufacturer representation
  • Direct consumer sales

  • E-commerce
  • Customer service
  • Sales management:
    • District, regional, and higher

 

Employers

  • For-profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies

  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media outlets
  • Software and technology companies
  • Internet companies

Strategies

  • Management is a broad business degree that can lead to many career opportunities
  • Obtain experience through internships or part-time jobs
  • Seek leadership positions in campus organizations
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well on a team and effectively interact with others
  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Conduct informational interviews with management professionals
  • Develop professional relationships through networking
  • Find an experienced mentor if possible
  • Seek companies that hire new graduates into rotational training or corporate leadership development programs
  • Be willing to relocate for entry-level opportunities
  • Earn an MBA after gaining work experience for promotion opportunities

Area

Insurance

  • Sales
  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Risk management

  • Asset management
  • Loss control
  • Customer service

Employers

  • Insurance firms
  • Insurance brokers

Strategies

  • Complete an internship with an insurance agency
  • Talk to professionals in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management
  • Initiative and sales ability are necessary to be a successful agent or broker
  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Research insurance industry certifications

Area

Real Estate

  • Brokerage/Sales:
    • Residential
    • Commercial

  • Office and industrial
  • Farm and land
  • Property management

  • Appraising
  • Land development

Employers

  • Real estate brokers and firms
  • Banks
  • Appraisal firms

  • Apartment and condominium complexes
  • Leasing offices

  • Developers
  • Large corporations: real estate departments

Strategies

  • Research the process of becoming a real estate broker through the National Association of Realtors (requirements vary by state)
  • Obtain sales experience through part-time or internship positions
  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit as nearly 60% of brokers and agents are self-employed
  • Investigate apprenticeships in appraisal if that is an area of interest

Area

Banking and Finance

  • Commercial banking
  • Retail/consumer banking
  • Credit analysis

  • Lending
  • Trust services
  • Mortgage services

  • Branch management
  • Operations

Employers

  • Banks
  • Credit unions

  • Savings and loan associations
  • Financial services institutions
  • Wholesale lenders

  • Housing lenders
  • Federal Reserve banks

Strategies

  • Build a solid background in business including marketing and accounting
  • Get experience through part-time or internship positions in a bank
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills

General Information

  • Management is a broad business degree that can lead to many career opportunities.  Students should clearly define their career goals and gain the skills and experiences needed through internships, part-time jobs, or summer positions.
  • Get involved in student organizations and seek leadership roles.
  • Learn to work well on a team and to interact effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are important to achieving success in this field.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in jobs of interest to learn about their work environments.
  • Join related professional organizations and pursue certifications in your area of interest.
  • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts.  Once in a position, find an experienced mentor.
  • Look for companies that hire new graduates into rotational training or corporate leadership development programs to gain exposure to multiple functional areas.
  • A willingness to relocate often opens more entry-level opportunities.
  • Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.