What can I do with a business degree?

Career options for business graduates: jobs you can do with a business degree. Working in commerce, finance, accountancy, marketing, HR and personnel management.

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If you are graduating with a degree in a business-related area, you will find a range of careers that are directly related to your qualification.

While many of these careers are open to graduates in any subject, some employers will have a preference for graduates with a business background, and for others it may be a definite requirement. Your degree will provide useful background knowledge, evidence of some of useful skills, and possibly some exemptions from papers in professional examinations.

Many business studies courses cover a range of subjects, but there are others, such as marketing, which have a specific vocational emphasis and this will also influence your choice of job.

Careers for business graduates

Some of the areas employing business graduates are:

  • accountancy
  • advertising
  • banking, investment and financial services
  • general management
  • HR/personnel
  • management consultancy
  • public relations
  • retail management
  • sales and marketing.

Use our ‘jobs with your degree’ tool to access a list of job descriptions with detailed information about each career.

    Employability skills gained from a business degree

    It’s been estimated that 40 per cent of graduate vacancies do not ask for specific degree subjects. And your degree will have helped you develop a range of transferable skills that you can bring to any job. These include:

    • analytical ability
    • communication and presentation skills
    • goal setting
    • leadership skills
    • numeracy
    • problem solving
    • team work
    • time management.

    Judy Dick studied Business in college. She now works as a Business Analyst Associate with Glanbia.

    Find out what her role involves, how she got the job, what she did as a student that helped her in her career, the skills needed in her role and what she loves about her job.

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