Are You Interested in a Career in Business?

Studying business at university starts you down the path to many different careers. Business is a broad subject covering the majority of sectors and industries. From tourism, catering, financial services to media, fashion and entertainment – all are delivered through business. Business also touches on many functions, that is marketing, finance, human resources and sales, to name a few.

Given this broadness then, there are many different roles in a variety of sectors for you to pursue should you be interested in a career in business. To give you a hand in understanding your options, we have put together a guide to some of the different areas, and jobs within those areas, that a business degree can lead to.

Banking and finance

If you wish to pursue a career in banking or finance, a business degree is a good start. Most of these degrees cover accounting and finance to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the course. You may need to complete further qualifications to progress in your career, but a good option is to apply for a graduate role, and then complete a specialised qualification while you work.

Jobs in this sector include:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Investment banker
  • Actuary
  • Stockbroker
  • Underwriter


A consultant is someone who uses their expertise to help an organisation (or sometimes an individual) reach their potential and improve their business. Some of the main benefits of this sector include the chance to work as part of a team, and also the opportunity to work in a variety of different fields.

Jobs in this sector include:

  • Management Consultant
  • Business Advisor
  • Business Analyst
  • Risk Manager
  • Business Development Manager

Retail and sales

A business degree can allow you to skip the cold-calling or shop floor side of sales and progress to higher-ranking office or retail roles. As useful website Top Universities says, “Large companies often offer the chance to undertake a graduate training program or trainee management program, in order to fast-track your position within the company.” A career in sales often suits people who are outgoing, enjoy working with people, and thrive in a competitive role.

Jobs in this sector include:

  • Salesperson
  • Account Executive or Manager
  • Conversion Manager
  • Sales Manager


If you are searching for a creative way to use your business degree, you may want to look into marketing. Business graduates can use skills like analysis and report-writing that they pick up during their degree to do market research, evaluate campaign results, and develop marketing strategies. You will have the opportunity to work with designers and writers – hopefully picking up some new skills on the way.

Jobs in this sector include:

  • Market Researcher
  • Brand Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Market Analyst
  • Marketing Manager


There are many more careers that you can explore with a business degree, such as human resources, media, and management. If you would like further advice, do not hesitate to ask your Personal Tutor, or use helpful career advice websites such as Prospects and the National Career Service.

In most cases, the roles listed in the blog requires you to have a degree. Our International Foundation Programme in Business prepares you for undergraduate business study by developing your core academic, study and English Language skills alongside introducing business and management theories, concepts and how these apply in practice.

To find out more about this programme, please visit the course page.

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