I firmly believe any degree in business is one worth having (as I always tried to convince my school-mates in other programs) that a business degree was the most employable undergraduate degree. The part I didn’t usually mention was that I wasn’t talking about the curriculum that made the program so great. It was the intangibles.
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There really are only a finite number of job positions available in a given city and that entire student body of that subject trying to fend for those same positions. The life of a business undergrad student is extremely competitive and cutthroat. But that really is where people who want too, will thrive.
Being the best version of yourself and knowing what you can offer compared to NOBODY else in your group is the best thing you can figure out early on in your school career. Setting yourself aside from the hundreds of job applicants from all over the province applying for the same job is how you can achieve what you want to.
Aside from the actual course content, there are so many ways to develop yourself personally and, in turn professionally, through being at school. Whether its group meetings, extracurriculars or just collaborating with any one of the hundreds of students in your classes. All of these developed me as a person more than the actual course content could have
Things to remember:
- If you’re just going to school and coming back home, you’re not getting 1/3 of the experience you deserve.
- Unless you’re planning on grad school (most of which accept your third and fourth year marks only), focus on being the best built person at your graduation rather than the one with the 95% average.
- Work experience every summer is key. Employers historically enjoy students who don’t have empty summers on their resume. Sure you could say you were in summer school but you may not have the opportunity to be asked that question.
- Reach out to upper year students and pass the knowledge forward when you ARE an upper year student.
Do the most with the 3-5 years you have at your post-secondary destination, you will never be the same age and have the same opportunities ever again and these formative years can make or break the early years of your career. I’ll leave you with a quote that I think applies here perfectly but I can’t for the life of me figure out where I heard it. “Build up your character and your personality will follow and shine through.”