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Reasons to do Business Studies at University

Business Studies is the second most popular university course in the UK according to The World University Rankings. Young people are drawn to studying business for a number of reasons. Some dream of becoming successful entrepreneurs, others want to study a modern subject, and some are curious simply to learn more about business management.

I embarked on a four-year academic business course back in 2013. Why? Because I hoped that the course would shake up my career direction. I was craving new and exciting knowledge, aspiring to face a new challenge. Little did I know at the time how much my life would change in the years to come – for the better. Here are three convincing reasons for those of you who are wondering about studying a business degree.

Crystallise Your Career Path

If you have no clue as to what specific career direction to take, business studies can give you a helping hand. You will have unparalleled opportunities to learn about numerous areas of business. In a typical undergraduate or postgraduate business course, you would engage with marketing, human resources, strategy, operations, corporate social sustainability, entrepreneurship and finance, just to mention a few subjects. You will be able to dig deep into fascinating areas which may have escaped your attention otherwise.

Many people believe that if they just think long enough about what they want to do in life, the answers will magically appear. Do not fall into this trap. The best way to clarify your career direction is to take action. Go and study various subjects, put yourself in new and refreshing learning environments. The right answers will only present themselves if you do.

Sharpen Your Thinking

Studying for my business degree helped me hone my thinking skills. I sharpened my analytical abilities through it, mastering critical thinking, and practicing the art of reflective thinking.

I have become proficient at writing reports and essays, constructing diagrams, drawing up financial analysis… the list could go on and on. Tackling my finance assignments not only helped me understand how to interpret complex financial data but also gave me an introduction into the captivating world of investments.

Thinking Practically

Completing a business degree with a reputable university gives you credibility. You will become a more proficient problem solver. You will gain confidence in your abilities, and be able to carry the skills, understanding and knowledge you have gained into the world of work. In the workplace, you might as well be ahead of your peers who come from more abstract academic backgrounds. A business degree is your passport into the big, professional world out there.

It has taken four years and a vast amount of work to complete my Business Studies degree. I can reassure you, however, it was well worth it!

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Henrietta Nagy is a seasoned portfolio worker with over 10 years’ experience in the UK education sector. Henrietta writes educational content, designs academic courses, delivers university lecturers, mentors entrepreneurs, and provides career development coaching. With 9 years of higher education studies internationally (including an MBA), she has worked with CEOs, academics, scholars, managers, women entrepreneurs, academic administrators, and other consultants.

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