Do I need a degree from the School of Business to get a good job in business?

Although it’s great that UConn has a School of Business- most universities don’t. If you are looking to pursue a career in business but aren’t sure if the School of Business is the right fit for you, rest assured- you can be plenty successful with a degree outside of the School of Business.

resume-attributesSee the thing is, the degree name doesn’t really matter that much when an employer is making a decision whether or not to hire you. And this isn’t something that people tell you to make you feel better about yourself. This information comes from data collected annually.

If you are having a hard time buying into the idea that employers care this much about soft skills, think about it this way: do you want to work with someone who can’t communicate properly with you? Do you want to deal with a coworker that can’t solve problems or work on a team? Of course not. And these things aren’t really all that trainable; Employers want to make sure their candidates can handle life before they spend a bunch of company cash trying to train their staff to perform job-related functions.

So how does this relate to whether or not the School of Business is good for you? First of all, yes, the School of Business will do its best to get you up to speed on these transferrable skills, but you know what? So will every other major on campus. If you want to be competitive in the job market you will need to be able to articulate both on paper (résumé & cover letter) and in person (networking, interviewing) what you have accomplished that demonstrates that you have the above competencies.

So instead of spending a bunch of energy and stress on worrying about what the degree name is going to say on your transcript- divert that energy into taking leadership roles, completing internships, volunteering, and just plain meeting people.

But don’t take it from us at the CCD. Show up at Laurel Hall Room 202 on November 4th at 5:00pm and hear from a Vice President, Regional Manager, Senior Client Support Specialist, and someone who specializes in talent acquisition representing Indeed, Nissan, WWE, and Enterprise. The Alternatives to Business Panelists hold various degrees including English, History, and Technical Writing. Come hear from professionals in business on what really makes a competitive candidate.

By Eran Peterson
Eran Peterson Assistant Director, Career Coaching and Counseling Eran Peterson