Which Type Of Business Degree Is Right For You

Entering the education field with a lack of understanding of exactly what you’re trying to achieve really isn’t an option anymore. It’s become very important to have a basic goal or set of things that you’re trying to achieve with a degree. This way you can specialize in what you’re doing with your education and improve your chances of finding gainful employment after you graduate.

Far too few people take their education seriously and aren’t aware of the unique challenges that face people who are preparing to enter the job market soon. General knowledge is good, but if you’re thinking about getting a Business Degree, it’s important for you to understand the options available to ensure that you’re not wasting your time, money, and chances of finding a job later on.

First of all, the reason why getting a business degree is a good idea is for much the same reason anyone gets a degree, regardless of the field. Over a million people are entering the work force every year and that figure is only going to climb. Where once a college degree was a nice thing to have, it’s becoming increasingly integral just in order to get your foot in the door or qualify for an interview.

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There are millions of people that have years of experience in the business sector, but don’t have a degree. People just entering the workforce with a business degree are far more likely to find employment because businesses are becoming very education oriented. Many are returning to the classroom so they don’t fall behind. Employers want people who are educated and proficient with established theories along with all of the most up-to-date methods of doing business. The world’s changed a lot in the last couple decades and it takes a good education to create an effective foundation for a future in a sophisticated world of business.

Associate’s Degree In Business

This is one type of degree for those who aren’t totally committed to the idea of getting into the business profession. If you’re debating, but are seriously thinking about it, this is a short-term degree that takes two years or less to get. It will give you a good foundation of knowledge and a diverse set of skills and education.

Bachelor’s Degree In Business

This is more of a stepping stone. This degree option is for those who are very serious about becoming a professional in the fast paced business world. Depending on the program you’re applying to, this degree will give you the minimum requirements in experience and education for many entry-level positions in this career field. You’ll get experience with financial services, economics, personal resources, accounting, sales, and marketing. Other options include degrees in business administration, as well as other options that will tailor your education towards a more specific line of work. This usually a better option for those who already have a good idea of what it is they’re wanting to achieve.

Master’s Degree in Business

These programs are usually for people that have worked in the business field for a while and are looking to climb the business ladder. Some continue on for their masters right after getting their BA. Either way, master’s-level degrees are usually for those who are wanting to take a more specialized approach to their education. It often opens far more doors for people looking for better employment opportunities. It’s also quickly becoming the new BA in the work force as most people already have a four-year degree.

Doctorate Degrees in Business

This is a education option for those who are seriously committed to the business profession. It takes years to get one of these degrees and is a long-term goal. These degrees are for those at the top of the academic world and are usually very personalized and focused. This is a degree for those who are wanting to take extreme leadership roles, either now or down the line.

Having a business degree is like anything else, in order to be competitive in your field, you need to have one. Unless you’re super rich and can afford to start your own business, these degrees give you the tools that you’ll need to work within the business world.

Who’s Teaching Who?

Part of my day job (a small part really) is to take some continuing education type modules that are meant to help all of the staff where I work to learn the basics of our industry along with the basics of phone answering and computer usage.  I’ve had several jobs that have had similar programs (Radio Shack comes to mind) and with all of them, there is some degree of antiquatedness to be expected.  Many of the computer manuals, for instance, still talk about 28.8 bps modems.  The more updated ones usually will talk about 56k modems and maybe even a quick blurb about the emerging “broadband” technologies.  The one I was working on recently even talked about the UseNet system!

But what really got me was the following bit of text:


Can you spot the glaring errors in that paragraph?  I’ll give you a hint.  Intel is the manufacturer of the Pentium and Celeron CPUs, not a competitor with them.  And they never have been.  Intel made, makes and will make the Pentium and Celeron brand CPUs.

And this is a educational module for our staff.  So, I ask again, who’s teaching who? (whom?)

*if you’re curious, Intel introduced the Pentium chip in 1993 and the Celeron chip in 1998.  Coincidentally, 1998 is the year that I purchased my first personal PC (not owned by my parents) and it had a Intel Celeron 333.  Very high tech at the time. 🙂

Schools Push and Get Results

A couple of teachers at a high school in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN decided that they’d seen enough of their students fail and not go on to college. Instead of letting their students get by with low test scores, they decided to do something about it.

What’s most important here, isn’t that the teachers gave a darn. (Although that is important in and of itself) The truly important part is that the students are being held to a high standard and are excelling where once they weren’t. Over the years, we’ve let our standards lapse so that none of the students feel left out or “stupid” and so that they all get that ever important diploma. All that’s accomplished is a decrease in the level of education that our students receive. Our students test grades, when compared to other countries, have been steadily declining. Why? Because we’ve let our standards go. No child left behind right?


Cunningham said some of her [classmates] don’t realize the importance of those high expectations, because “once you get put into that category, you just live up to it.”


“Sometimes you need someone to push you,” Davis said.

And it’s popular.

Originally, the course was scheduled for three days a week, but [Susan] Barnard works with up to 20 students every school day.

I wonder why 20 students a day would volunteer for a “hard” class like that?

My congratulations go out to the teachers in charge of this program. Assistant Principal Gerald Sakala and English/Special Education teacher Susan Barnard have taken the future of their students into their own hands and directed it to a much brighter place.