Unit 1 Introduction to Business
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
—Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairperson and CEO
Text A Better Prepare for a Career in Business
1. Think of as many good reasons as possible for studying business.
2. What types of business would or wouldn’t you like to work in? And why?
3. What are your career goals? how do you plan to achieue these goals?
While a college degree is important, a small slip of paper won’t completely prepare you for a career in business. In addition to taking key courses and degree programs, it’s critical that you prepare for life after school by taking advantage of the opportunities around you.
According to a 2014 study commissioned by Bentley University, 58 percent of business decision makers and job recruiters gave recent college graduates an overall grade of “C” or worse on their level of preparedness for their first full-time jobs. A hefty 64 percent of corporate survey respondents claimed that the lack of preparation actually harms the day-to-day business operations of businesses. These serious proclamations point to much bigger issues. It’s not that college institutions aren’t preparing their graduates with the appropriate curriculums and courses. In most cases, the responsibility is falling on the shoulders of the students themselves. A lot of them either aren’t pursuing learning opportunities outside the classroom or are sliding through the cracks by doing the bare minimum to graduate.
Six Ways to Enhance Your Level of Preparedness
As a current or prospective college student, are you doing everything you can to maximize learning opportunities and prepare for a brighter future? The Bentley University study reports that 60 percent of recent college graduates blame themselves–as opposed to their colleges or professors–for not being prepared. If you want to make yourself more job-ready after graduation, there are a number of things you should be doing outside of the classroom. Here are a few ways you can get started:
No.1 Career planning from the outset. Early exposure to career planning is important. As soon as you step on campus, you should make a point to locate the career services office and drop in. Making yourself known by the people who work here can be helpful in the years to come. Not only can they help you find opportunities, but they’ll also be able to expose you to different career options you might have never considered otherwise. These career planning services are valuable and you should use them while you can. After you graduate, similar services come at an expensive price tag.
No.2 Gaining work experience. While your college summers may seem like a time for rest and relaxation, they’re actually ideal for taking on an internship or job related to your career interests. When looking to hire recent graduates, relevant job experience is actually one of the top things a manager looks for. The benefits and advantages of internships are numerous, including gaining practical experience, possibly earning course credits, and adding new skills.