Will a Business Degree Teach You How to Conduct Business in the Real World?
We all know that college is designed to prepare us for a career of our choosing. And whether you want to teach elementary school, engage in graphic design, perform neurosurgery, or look for life in outer space, the whole point of going to school is to learn how to accomplish your professional goals and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to do a specific job. That said, most collegiate programs vacillate between theoretical and practical coursework. And some lean more heavily in favor of one or the other. But if you stay in school long enough, you’re bound to get both, with the former tending to fall into the undergrad category while your graduate degree program will put you in the hot seat in terms of putting your knowledge to use in simulations of real-world circumstances. When it comes to business degrees, the level of mastery you attain and your ultimate preparedness for the job market could depend on a number of factors, including the schools you attend and the amount of time you put in.
If you come out of an undergrad program with a bachelor’s degree in business, I’m sorry to say that your degree is basically of the dime-a-dozen variety. You’ll have opportunities in all kinds of industries, but likely at entry level or perhaps slightly higher positions. If your goal is to manage or reach an executive level, and do so fairly quickly, you’ll really need an MBA under your belt. Earning experience and working your way up the ladder is one way to go, but your progress will be much faster with a graduate degree to your name.
Furthermore, much of the information covered during your undergraduate degree will focus on teaching you the basics of business administration, with relatively little practical training to back it up. As a graduate student you’ll have the opportunity to narrow your focus and start to participate in projects designed to give you experience rather than simply knowledge. When you have to pitch an idea, create an ad campaign, or work through problems that real-world businesses might face, you’re going to gain a much better understanding of what your eventual job will actually be like. So when you get thrown into the fire and you’re expected to perform, you stand a chance of being prepared and having the confidence necessary to succeed.
In truth, no amount of schooling is likely to prepare you for the stresses and demands of the working world, much less the highly-charged and cutthroat atmosphere of corporate business. But when you opt to attain a higher level of education and¬†get a real degree through a graduate program, you’re bound to get both the theoretical knowledge and the practical training needed to conduct business as a paid employee. And with the critical and analytical thinking skills that most MBA programs impart, not to mention the experience of individual and group projects under your belt, you should be just the type of employee that most businesses are eager to get their hands on.