Business Administration - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Business Administration.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Ability to apply business, finance and management practices and principles to a variety of situations
  • Skills for influencing ideas and outcomes through the persuasive use of language and information
  • Techniques to develop strategies and plans to anticipate and manage new information and technologies
  • Understanding of how to effectively manage people and relationships to accomplish organizational goals
  • Knowledge of the budgeting process and the ability to understand and interpret financial information
  • Ability to make assessments of risk and reward (cost and benefit) for decision-making and planning
  • Ability to determine the appropriate allocation and distribution of resources, finances, materials and personnel
  • Understanding of the skills required to successfully manage change in a rapidly changing global market
  • Skills to conduct quantitative/qualitative analysis of information/data to forecast trends and make plans

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Retail/Commercial/Investment Banking

Corporate Finance
Financial Planning
General Management
Human Resources/Management
Information Systems
Institutional Securities Sales
International Markets
Investment Banking
Investment Management
Management and New Product
Management Consulting
Management in
Private Equity Investment
Public Relations/
Research and Development
Retail and Commercial Banking
Sales and Sales Management
Securities Trading
Strategic Planning/Business
Supply Chain Management
Training and Development
Venture Capital

Examples of jobs in specific areas

See Accounting Handout
Finance/Financial Planning
See Finance Handout
Human Resources
Compensation & Benefits
Employment Equity
Human Resources Generalist
Industrial Relations
Job/Wage Analyst
Labour Relations Advisor
Leadership Development
Occupational Health & Safety
Organizational Development
Training & Development
Brand Manager
Business Development Manager
Email Marketing Specialist
Market Analyst
Market Research Analyst/
Marketing Manager
Packaging Specialist
Promotion Manager
Statistical Analyst
Brand Management
Account Manager
Acquisition Specialist
Assistant Brand Manager
Brand Strategist
Category Analyst
Market Researcher
Media Planner/Buyer
Media Representative
Product Marketing Specialist
Retail Buyer
Talent Administrator
Insurance and Risk Management
Claim Adjuster
Estate Planner
Insurance Agent/Broker
Supply Chain Management
Business Systems Analyst
Buyer/Purchasing Co-ordinator
Inventory Controller
Logistics Specialist
Operations Research Analyst
Production Planner
Quality Assurance
Supply Chain Analyst

Additional Jobs Obtained by Business Graduates

Admissions Officer
Business Analyst
Community Agency Director
Consumer Advocate
Consumer Credit Analyst
Efficiency Expert/Analyst
Event Planner
Health Administrator
Hotel Manager
Image Consultant
International Development
Management Consultant/Trainee
Materials Manager
Opinion Researcher
Outreach Worker
Property Developer/Manager
Public Policy Analyst
Seniors Home Administrator
Urban Planner

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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