Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 26 Oct 2014, 01:54

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Business management ptless?

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 14 Mar 2012
Posts: 12
GPA: 3.94
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Business management ptless? [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 14:42
Hey,

I am not sure if I am posting this in the proper section. However, I already graduated from a state university with a Business Management degree and a minor in economics. I am looking for some advice; any insight is helpful, with what I should do in my current situation. Throughout college I never knew what I wanted to do as a career. I simply picked a major that I thought was the best 'middle path' and stuck with it. I did not dislike my coursework but nothing made me excited. From the classes I did take I was the most interested in finance and economics. I graduated with a high GPA and assumed everything would just fall into place.
Shortly after graduating I landed a job as a claims adjuster with an insurance company. I did that job for 16 months and absolutely hated it. It was nothing more than an escalated customer service job that involved a lot of conflicts/disputes with customers and an extremely heavy workload. Needless to say, I quit the job as I felt that it was giving me no valuable experience or growth and for the simple fact that I disliked it. I do want to add that I was good at the job and left on great terms, as I was told that I could come back anytime I like.
Currently, approximately two years out of college, I am unemployed and looking for a job. Now I am left wondering what I can do with my experience and educational background. I am terrified that I will end up with a job that I dislike again; dreading going to work on Sunday morning is not the best feeling. I spent the first few weeks of my unemployment scanning job boards. Every job board tells the same story, if you have a years of experience in a specific field or an engineering degree (or some other technical degree) you'll get a job; however, if you have a non technical degree and no experience I hope you enjoy doing sales or being an administrative assistant.
I have tried to look up several times what exactly people can do with business administration degree. Several sites say the same thing about having a career as an accountant, financial analyst, project manager, investment banker, or some kind of human resource or marketing manager. Now I don't know If I am alone on this but from what I can tell the following currently holds true: you cannot get a job as an accountant without emphasizing in accounting, you cannot get a job as a financial analyst or an investment banker without emphasizing in finance, you cannot get a job as a project manager without emphasizing in project management etc.. Of course I know there are exceptions to these generalizations because some people might have some entry-level work experience before graduating in a particular field (such as an internship) and others are lucky to benefit from networking. Additionally, I am aware that on a rare occasion some people just get lucky. Before I get bashed by people who give examples of English majors who are business analyst I want to stress that I stated this currently holds true. It appears, at least to me, that 5+ years ago it did not matter as much what you majored in during college. However, it seems that this is becoming increasingly important. Could it be because of the economy, companies can and will only search for people to fill positions with specific qualifications? Or is it that more and more people have degrees and the market is flooded so now companies can be picky? Or rather a combination of both?
I thought that I might look up continuing my education in a specific field since my degree is so broad and I am not having any luck. After taking countless personality tests to guide me in some direction I looked to possibly pursue accounting. After some research, I discovered that pursing accounting now would be very difficult. I have minimal to no background for grad school and even if I did a master’s program I would not likely have enough hours to qualify for the CPA exam. Similarly, I looked at pursing a Master of Finance degree since I enjoyed basic finance, only to discover that apparently you have to have a solid quantitative background. For some reason you can emphasize in finance in a business school with no math background but if you want to get a masters in finance you have to come from some kind of math major. So then I thought, I like computers and technology is becoming increasingly important so maybe I can pursue an MIS degree. Again I find out that yes it’s possible to get an MIS degree in graduate school but the ones that will end up getting the job are people with a computer based background such as computer science or software engineering. Of course I know that these three are still technically options but it would be difficult and expensive to succeed. Do I devote that kind of dedication to a career path that I technically have not worked and therefore am not certain if it is for me? If anybody knows something about these degrees that I don't I would be glad if you shared.
So at the end of the day I am up sh*t creek in my business management boat without a paddle and no sense of direction. As a kid I was always told "Go to college and get good grades" and that was all that mattered, apparently that was incorrect. Will further research into some kind of graduate program or career path set me straight? But how do I know which ones to research when I am not certain what I want to do? Do I just mass apply to jobs in hopes that I will fall into something and it will not be a job I hate? And if I mass apply my resume will not be specific to any career path so my chances of landing any job vastly diminish before I leave the gate. What do I do? Where do I go?
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 30 Jun 2007
Posts: 199
Location: United States (PA)
Concentration: Operations, Statistics
Schools: Ross (Michigan) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V39
GPA: 3.31
WE: Accounting (Manufacturing)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 37 [0], given: 49

Reviews Badge
Re: Business management ptless? [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 06:21
a couple of thoughts,

1) Don't quit your job to look for a job, you can look for a job while working. Work Experience > education most of the time

2) I am a math major whose first job was accounting and I never had an accounting class. I didn't have connections to get the job, I just went to an interview a headhunter setup. Don't start getting down on yourself just keep looking for a job and believe you can land it.

3) Don't discount a job just because you feel you deserve better. I hate accounting but my first job was as a cost accountant working for a controller. It was not an elite job but I was able to focus on learning all I could, even outside of accounting. I took over for the controller and even got to try out internal consulting and corporate finance with my company. Deal with a crappy job for a while and see if you can get a promotion.

4) Education is thrown around a lot as a silver bullet. Working for a company and doing good work is important than your education. Even top programs will not help you 3-5 years out of school if you don't work hard. Plus education is expensive and unless you do a part time you will be giving up a salary as well.

5) I know i said this already but becoming unemployed because there is no growth is a terrible idea most of the time. Talk to your boss about a promotion or ask to change roles. Look for a new job first and only quit when you have a new job. Kids believe college will do wonders but once you get a job and start working your education is usually the 3rd thing they look at.

6) I have had multiple opportunities to leave accounting since I started and people change careers all the time. The easiest way to do it is within a large company or continuing education. I am using a Fulltime MBA to change.

You can recover from this but I suggest getting a job ASAP. GAPs in employment aren't fun to explain in the interview
_________________

GO BLUE!

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 14 Mar 2012
Posts: 12
GPA: 3.94
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Business management ptless? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2012, 11:51
I tried looking for a job while I was working. In fact I was doing this 6 months prior to quitting and nothing came of it. I got to the final rounds of interviews for two jobs, one the position was canceled and the other chose another candidate. It got to the point where I was literally just hating waking up because of a job, and after doing that for over a year I felt for my sanity it was better to quit. Trust me it was not an easy decision, I wanted to quit after 2 months but stayed for 16 months if that gives you some perspective as to how long I tried to ride it out. I know its easy to just point a finger and say that I should have stayed but only I know what I was going through.

Also you say you were a math major that landed an accounting job. My question to you is when did this happen, in the 90's? Not to mention a math degree is a quantitative degree and is probably looked at more favorably than a general business degree. I have applied to so many accounting jobs with no response. The vast majority of employers that respond to my application are looking for customer services or sales positions.

Quote:
6) I have had multiple opportunities to leave accounting since I started and people change careers all the time. The easiest way to do it is within a large company or continuing education. I am using a Fulltime MBA to change.


I feel like you are contradicting yourself with this comment. You say 'kids' believe college will do wonders and then you stated the easiest way to change careers is with continuing education?

The reason why I am considering going back to school is for a specialization. A general business degree will only get me sales or customer service jobs in this economy. No one is willing to hire the guy with a broad business degree for an accounting job when the market is flooded with accounting degrees applying to the same job?

Anyway thanks for the response like I said any feed back is helpful.
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 30 Jun 2007
Posts: 199
Location: United States (PA)
Concentration: Operations, Statistics
Schools: Ross (Michigan) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V39
GPA: 3.31
WE: Accounting (Manufacturing)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 37 [0], given: 49

Reviews Badge
Re: Business management ptless? [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2012, 19:18
I graduated in 2007 and started working in 2007. Sorry if I came off as a jerk, sometimes I get on my soapbox and talk to much. To be honest, my major was not viewed as exciting because it was not a business degree. I though that it would help differentiate me but it did not. Probably because I did not know what i wanted to do so I did not sell it well but some companies wrote me off because I was not a business major. I just kept at it and got lucky.

I do believe education has its place but is not the cure all some people consider it to be. For me it made sense to go back but I don't think its for the right move for everyone (plus timing is often an important factor).

I do sympathize with you and wish you the best. Keep on working hard and something will come along.
_________________

GO BLUE!

Re: Business management ptless?   [#permalink] 14 Apr 2012, 19:18
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Master Business and Management Australia Mathieu029 0 20 Oct 2014, 12:56
Bachelor Business Management gbsynverse 0 07 Aug 2012, 20:39
Product management into business development Matador1985 1 15 Oct 2010, 15:05
International Business Management? anitarora 2 11 May 2008, 21:21
sports business management ? grad_mba 4 23 Jul 2007, 17:27
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Business management ptless?

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.