Business interested me from a young age, so I always knew what I wanted to study in college. Every morning my older brother and I would read the business section of the newspaper and that is how I started my business education early. In the business world you will find complex and varied problems to work through and that is one of the main things I love about it. It’s intriguing to read and learn about how other businesspeople work through their challenges. You can learn through others’ mistakes and how those mistakes led the way to overcoming their problems.
The great thing about a degree in business is that what you can do with it is so much more varied than most people realize. The obvious step is to go into marketing or management, but you can also use your degree to start your own company or get into fields that initially might seem unexpected. Industries as varied as healthcare, energy and the government, for example, all need people with the proper business skills. Even nonprofits desire people with corporate skills to help in a wide variety of roles.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over your entire working career, the typical college graduate earns $2 million in today’s dollars versus a high school graduate, who will only earn $1,200,000. It’s pretty obvious that a college degree is well worth the effort. More importantly, what you study also affects your lifetime earnings. People with a degree in finance, marketing, accounting or management all earn higher wages than a typical college student, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. College is a major expense; it is worthwhile to select the major that is right for you and that will also maximize your earnings.
I’m really happy that I buckled down when I was younger and got an undergraduate degree. My education has served me extremely well throughout my career and has allowed me to excel within several different organizations, into senior management.
Getting through college wasn’t always easy. While getting my degree, I also worked full-time, which didn’t leave me much time to have a social life or relax. I had long days that started at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 10:00 p.m., leaving me little free time. With many schools offering online and on-campus options, getting a degree is still achievable even with other responsibilities. Looking back, I’m glad I pushed through and got my degree in business. I have fun every day at work doing what I love. If you’re at the stage of life where you’re thinking of getting a degree in business, I couldn’t recommend it more.