I was at a high school graduation party this past weekend and saw a friend of my daughter’s. This young woman is a business major and we were talking about job opportunities that she might have. This got me thinking about a recent Wall Street Journal article I read entitled “Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major.”
The article basically reinforces what I have told students for some years. If you want to go into business, whatever that means, you don’t necessarily need a business major. Most businesses are not concerned about whether you understand profit and loss statements or how to market. They will teach you the basic skills you need to know for their business regardless of your background.
What they really want is an employee who knows how to think. Someone who knows how to communicate. Someone who can write a decent proposal.
Can business majors do that? Some can. But those are skills you are much more likely to gain with a liberal arts major than a business major.
If you want to go into business, great. If you want to be a business major, that is fine too. But don’t think you have to be a business major to get a job in business. It just isn’t necessary.
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