By the time you finish a business degree there are several general skills you should walk away with. You will sit through lectures, work on group projects, complete research and analyses, and take some tests. But you should walk away with more than a knowledge of a memorized list of terms.
As a business student, you should be able to demonstrate skills ranging from leadership to problem solving, as well as communication skills. These are all skills necessary to succeed in order to be effective in meetings, pitches, negotiations, and day-to-day operations.
- Written and research skills: Skills that are relevant that may be often understated in the business realm include being able to write a professional email, participate in discussion threads, analyze case studies and write client letters and business memos. Combining these tasks with analytical skills, such as working with databases, can provide a well-rounded image of your to-day-to business operation skills.
- Oral communication skills: Whether you give individual or group presentation, oral communication skills are vital to succeed in business. By giving presentations in your classes you will build the confidence and develop active listening. By engaging and interacting with audience members you learn to communicate more effectively to address the needs and questions of others. These skills will help you be more successful whether you’re on a sales call, negotiating a deal, or pitching a new idea to your supervisor.
To help you succeed, our College provides three levels of communication classes for students to take to not only develop these skills, but also challenge our students to work above and beyond.
- Teamwork, collaboration, and leadership skills: No matter if you’re majoring in accounting or marketing, odds are you’ll be working with others from time to time. Working around other students’ schedules is not the easiest task; nevertheless, collaborating is still important as you will work across disciplines/fields professionally. Learning how to work with others will help you develop problem solving skills, inter-personal communication skills, and conflict resolution skills.
Inside the classroom, our students collaborate on diverse activities, from international case studies to marketing consulting projects. They also extend these skills outside of the classroom, participating in a range of projects like the John P. Ellbogen $30k Entrepreneurship Competition.
- Ethical decision making: As a business professional, moral development is essential for all employees. Workplace dilemmas will arise that will challenge you. Business school can help you develop reasoning skills to ‘do the right thing,’ as well as follow corporate guidelines and industry standards.
Our College not only teaches ethics courses, but is also involved in numerous ethics based activities, such as a regional Daniel’s Fund Ethics Competition and a series of public ethics discussions sponsored by the NASBA Center for Public Trust.
If you’re interested in a program that will help you attain these skills, check out our College.