Studying business equips your child with a wealth of valuable skills, from commercial awareness to problem solving, and from decision making skills to logical thinking. But what jobs does the subject actually lead to?
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What workplace skills does business develop?

Commercial awareness is sought-after by employers. Retail buyers need to be aware of trends to make sure they choose the right products to sell. Stockbrokers need to know what’s going on in different industries to inform their investment decisions.

Critical thinking: A business analyst needs to gather evidence to help them identify areas for improvement and potential problems. They need to think critically to ensure this information is robust and can be used effectively. Away from business, critical thinking is essential for research scientists when analysing the results of experiments.

And one you might not have thought of...

Data analysis: Being able to analyse data is an increasingly sought-after skill. It’s particularly important for a data scientist. But data analysis is also useful if you work as a cyber security analyst looking for cyber crime and potential threats, or if you’re a medical researcher looking for new ways to treat illnesses.

What jobs can you get with business? 

Business development managers focus on growing a business. Apply for a degree in business development or business management, or an apprenticeship as an improvement leader.

Occupational psychologists blend business skills and
knowledge with psychology. Apply for a degree in psychology. Take a specialist qualification in occupational psychology from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Risk managers assess the risks facing a business. Apply for a degree in management or business studies, risk management, finance or economics. Or apply for a degree apprenticeship as a risk and safety management professional.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university?


Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a business career include: a bid and proposal coordinator, financial services administrator, retail manager, policy officer, business to business sales professional, community energy specialist, dental practice manager, events assistant, investment operations administrator, paraplanner.


Business and management graduates typically go into work as business, HR or finance professionals. Just over 26% of 2017 graduates were working in these roles within six months of finishing their degrees. Careers included training coordinator, stakeholder engagement executive and strategic development manager. Exactly 21% of graduates went into the marketing, PR or sales sectors.

What did business do for them?

"I’d always been interested in business and was already studying business at A-level. I decided to look at what my options were and found the IBM apprenticeship scheme online. It seemed to be a natural progression for me, as I was able to study towards a Level 4 apprenticeship in business and administration, whilst working and earning at the same time."
—Lucy, EMEA Services Manager at IBM. Read the full interview here.
"Studying business goes hand in hand with my job. For example, we learned about stakeholder relationships, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. Each of these topics allowed me to bring something into the workplace."
—Cameron, supply chain leadership degree apprentice  
"My business A-level helped me develop my business acumen. This in turn has helped me converse with clients and discuss their wider business issues, as opposed to just their tax problems."
—Ziyad, Tax Senior Associate at PwC. Read the full interview here.
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