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For people interested in business and economics

Hey,

so my question to all people out there who are interested in business (management)

and economics: What are your career plans/goals? What do you want to become?

I found this question interesting, because the "business world" in general is such a huge, vast field

and hence is a very vague term... :)

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Chief Economist at a reputed firm who is also periodically consulted by the Government for policy recommendation.

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Either one of the directors in an international company or a CEO of my own founded company, that would be one of the biggest companies in the country I'll live in.

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I think im going to major in finance

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I definately want to work in finance/banking, most preferably a hedge fund or investment banking.

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Become the CEO of one of the biggest banks in the US and run it into the ground.

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I want to go into business management. Plans: get a bachelor in BM, go to Stanford and get an MBA, work my way up in the corporate world. Yep, I'm gonna be one of the evil corporate bosses making hundreds of thousands/millions. Damn proud of it too.

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I have no clue. Not sure whether to go into business or science.

so lost with life :dontgetit:

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Chief Economist at a reputed firm who is also periodically consulted by the Government for policy recommendation.

Ditto

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wait guys, i need help please D:

so can you guys just tell me like some good careers in business? (lol besides like accounting) I was wondering what specific options I would actually have if I go into business.

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You need to find out yourself. I can tell you that I like marketing and corporate management but maybe that is nothing for you because you are more into accounting and controlling. It's about personal preferences, I think.

The good thing about studying business and management is that you can set your preferences during your studies. If you go into science, you will need to decide if you want to do biology, physics, chemestry, etc., at the beginning of you university time.

I'm studying business and management now and I can get an impression of all the different fields of management such as marketing, corporate management, accounting, HR, logistics, commercial law, macro- or microeconomics or even business mathematics. After two years of studying you can then select the subjects, that you want to explore more deeply.

You also need to decide what kind of management is interesting for you. The "normal" business management, or maybe real estate management, automotive management, tourism management, event management or even aviation management. Maybe in some decades we have more fancy stuff like Mars Management. Who knows...?

First of all you should come up with an aim. Where do you want to be in 20 years, for example. Then think about how you can get there.

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I want to become a banker for the vast benefits such as bragging rights, high pay, beautiful suits, increased dating chances and being able to pay off debts. :shifty:

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I want to become a banker for the vast benefits such as bragging rights, high pay, beautiful suits, increased dating chances and being able to pay off debts. :shifty:

You make me wanna puke. Become a banker because you actually like the concept of being it and not because of the reasons you listed above.
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I want to become a banker for the vast benefits such as bragging rights, high pay, beautiful suits, increased dating chances and being able to pay off debts. :shifty:

You make me wanna puke. Become a banker because you actually like the concept of being it and not because of the reasons you listed above.

What other genuine reasons are there to become a banker then?

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@IanSurvive: provide people with the tools they need in order to make their dreams possible (ie. loans).

All you guys should be come government accountants, working for the government to discover and fix loopholes in the system so that businesses and individuals can't avoid paying taxes.

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I think I'm going to work in future jobs, like economy and financing for the environment, alternative energy sources and how much of an investment it will be... The Land Economy course at Cambridge pretty much describes it all. Economics+Green.

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I want to become a banker for the vast benefits such as bragging rights, high pay, beautiful suits, increased dating chances and being able to pay off debts. :shifty:

You make me wanna puke. Become a banker because you actually like the concept of being it and not because of the reasons you listed above.

Honestly, I think that's quite uncalled for because I find your rationale immature. "Actually liking the concept of being a Banker." How much do any of you "actually" know about being a banker, really? Nothing. Until you've studied finance, etc. and actually completed a vacation scheme at a bank/government/NGO/hedge fund/etc., you will never really know what "the concept of a Banker" is.

So I would say that at this stage in your life, if flashy suits, good pay and a good lifestyle attracts you that's good! This means that you have ambition! Therefore, when the time comes, and you realise how hard it is to have that kind of lifestyle, hopefully you're ambition will push you through, or you will really push to find out what your real passion is.

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I don't see much attraction in getting up high in the financial world, lots happens and really unless you know some people and families already there you're going to have a bad time...

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I don't see much attraction in getting up high in the financial world, lots happens and really unless you know some people and families already there you're going to have a bad time...

I don't agree with that. Certainly, I'm sure having contacts in the right places would help any career, but one can make it pretty far up in the financial world with pure talent and intellect. There's always space at the top for the intelligent, after all.

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Unfortunately those spaces at the top which the talented and intellectual are often barred by those who have the connections but have no clue what they are doing. Of course its not impossible to get there, but its still a very political business. Also lots of sacrifice, It's not unusual for employees at these kinds of companies to work from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. I suppose its what makes you happy, lots of money or lots of time...

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Unfortunately those spaces at the top which the talented and intellectual are often barred by those who have the connections but have no clue what they are doing. Of course its not impossible to get there, but its still a very political business. Also lots of sacrifice, It's not unusual for employees at these kinds of companies to work from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. I suppose its what makes you happy, lots of money or lots of time...

Well, I do agree with you that spaces at the top are limited, but that's the nature of any kind of work environment, places at the top will always be limited. However, I will agree to disagree on your point that most people are barred by those who have connections. My thinking is that if you've been in a company and worked your way up over say 20 years (which is normal), then there will be a justified place for you because you will be (hopefully) one of the more powerful people in the business and losing you or not recognising you and risking losing you would be detrimental to the business. Can you imagine the kind of contacts a successful banker at a top bank or company would have developed over the years? I would argue that it would be a bad business decision not to make space for you at the top if need be (assuming again you're one of the talented, successful, intelligent ones who've had a great career).

As to your second point, well, it's a given that you will be working long hours. They don't pay first-year associates £95k/year + bonuses for working 8-hour days. If you want to work from 9-5 and be home by 6, well, become a primary school teacher or some other profession where you do get that kind of time and not, of course, that kind of money.

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