What can I do with my degree in Business?
The occupations below are a selection of those which may interest Business students and graduates. Although many of these careers are open to graduates in other subjects, a business degree will obviously be useful and some employers may give preference to business graduates.
Advertising Account Executive
Advertising account executives act as a link between advertising agencies and their clients. They are responsible for the coordination of advertising campaigns and liaising with all involved, within and outside the agency. They manage administrative and campaign work and ensure that advertising projects are completed on time and on budget. May also be known as account manager, account handler or client services executive.
Job profile of an advertising account executive from the Prospects website
Job profile of an advertising account executive from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of an advertising account manager from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
Chartered accountants provide financial advice to clients that range from multinational organisations and governmental bodies to small independent businesses. Accountants often specialise in particular areas of practice, including audit, management consultancy, recovery, forensic accountancy, taxation, assurance, and corporate finance.
Job profile of a chartered accountant from the Prospects website
Job profile of a chartered accountant from the TARGET Jobs website
Inside Careers: Chartered Accountancy
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Human resources manager
Human resources management (HRM) involves the management of people within organisations. It may include organisation and planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations, job evaluation, performance and reward and much more. Also known as personal management.
Job profile of a human resources officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a personnel officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Information on HR careers from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Investment banking relates primarily to raising capital for companies and other organisations, the provision of mergers and acquisition advice or advice on specific issues such as raising loans or stock exchange flotations.
Management consultants help organisations to solve issues, in particular those concerned with the strategy, structure, management and operations of an organisation. They provide objective advice and expertise that will identify options for the organisation, and suggest recommendations for change.
Marketing executives develop marketing campaigns to promote a product, service or idea. It is a varied role that includes planning, advertising, public relations, event organisation, product development, distribution, sponsorship and research.
Retail managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of stores or departments. This may involve responsibility for a wide range of business functions, depending on the size of the store and company structure, such as human resources, marketing, logistics, IT, customer service and finance.
Supply chain manager
Supply chain managers plan, coordinate and monitor the transfer of goods and materials from manufacturers and suppliers through to customers. This can include everything from forecasting trends and buying through to transport and distribution. Also known as logistics or distribution manager.
Job profile of a logistics and distribution manager from the Prospects website
Job profile of a distribution manager from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a supply chain manager from the National Careers Service website
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TargetJobs
If you’re unsure of how to start developing your career after graduation, you may consider joining one of the many graduate training schemes which many large and international companies run. These often allow graduates to spend time in different business functions, and often different regions of the world, before opting for a particular career track to pursue.
You could also use your business degree to pursue roles within SMEs (small- to medium-sized enterprises), start-ups, charities, non-profit organizations and NGOs. If you have a bright idea and the knowledge to back it up, you may even consider launching your own business. In addition, you can find further information on becoming self-employed here.
What do Business graduates from the University of Kent do?
Every year the University of Kent participates in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey to find out what graduates are doing after finishing their courses. You can access this information here. Please note that this webpage is password protected and only accessible by University of Kent staff and students.
The examples shown reflect the destinations of students six months after graduation. Keep in mind that at this early stage some graduates may not have made long-term career choices or entered a graduate-level job role. You will find many examples of graduates who have entered graduate schemes and professional careers, but there may also be some graduates working in temporary employment or taking time out to volunteer, travel or gain appropriate work experience. The destination data is useful for generating career ideas and it also shows that as a Kent graduate you have a very wide range of career options open to you, whatever your degree subject!
The data is collected by UK universities and submitted to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), which publishes summary reports for all UK Higher Education Institutions. For more details about the DLHE process visit the HESA website