As a young adult, you have the whole world at your fingertips. And even though you hold a disability, it shouldn’t stop you from seeing the world and pursuing your post-secondary goals and dreams. For some, this could mean earning a college degree and pursuing a career in business.
There are a number of great reasons to pursue a business career if you hold a disability. Not only are business degrees versatile and in demand, but they can increase your lifetime earning potential.
According to Karen Schweitzer of ThoughtCo, degrees in management information systems (MIS), finance, and supply chain management are among the most profitable business degrees in the United States. In the US, undergrad MIS salaries start at $55,000 a year, but graduate level salaries may reach $150,000 or more. For those with marketing degrees, salaries range from $50,000 to $77,000 or more. Plus, online business degree programs are available in most countries to those who’d prefer to learn from home.
To learn how to pursue a successful career in business, check out these tips from Wheel The World.
What career opportunities are available to business majors?
Before discussing the steps involved in pursuing a business career, let’s talk about the advantages of earning a business degree. With a business and finance degree, you can pursue a career in areas such as:
- Management information systems (MIS). Business analysts, database administrators, web developers, information security analysts, and computer systems analysts all fall into the MIS field.
- Supply chain management. With this type of business degree, you could work as a supply chain analyst or manager, logistics director, or strategic sourcing manager.
- Finance. Finance majors often work as financial planners or analysts, finance officers, or credit analysts.
- Marketing. Jobs in marketing include account executives, marketing managers, public relations specialists, and research analysts.
- Business administration. Popular careers in business administration include accounting, business management, human resource management, and office administration.
- Entrepreneurship. A business degree will teach you the skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. Several great business ideas for entrepreneurs with disabilities include writing, event planning, tech support, consulting, and online tutoring.
Do you need a degree to start a business?
If you dream of one day launching your own business, a degree from a college or university is not a prerequisite to entrepreneurship. However, a degree will help you to develop an understanding of essential business topics such as management, accounting, marketing, finance, and information technology (IT). Plus, higher education teaches you valuable skills in time management, resourcefulness, professionalism, and collaboration.
Depending on the specific type of business you’d like to start, a degree may be necessary if you don’t have a lot of experience or knowledge in your chosen field. And for many young professionals, earning a college degree is the best option for creating a solid knowledge base.
If you plan on launching your own consulting business, for instance, you’ll first need to become an expert in that area. Several possible areas of expertise include technology, accounting, marketing, and sales.
If you’d like to launch your own information technology consulting business, for instance, an online master’s degree in IT could be the first step toward achieving this goal. With this type of degree, you’ll learn all about areas such as cyber security, IT management, or data analytics. And through US-based schools like Western Governors University (WGU), online degree programs are also offered in areas like business management and accounting.
If you’d prefer to obtain an on-campus education over online learning, MobilityWorks shares some tips for finding an accessible college campus. You’ll want to keep an eye out for schools that offer assistive technologies, accessible buildings, and other accommodations for students with disabilities. Plus, the school you choose should have a great business program.
It’s also important to contact each school’s Disability Services Office and schedule onsite tours of college campuses. During your tours, evaluate the restrooms, parking spaces, elevators, entrances, and dining areas. If you use a wheelchair, cane, or walker, be sure to consider things like steep hills, stairs, and on-campus transportation services.
Where can I find entry-level jobs and internships?
Once you’re ready to enter the workforce, you can begin to search online for internships and entry-level job opportunities. Some of the best websites for job seekers in the US with disabilities include:
- ABILITY Jobs.
- Disability Job Exchange (DJE).
- USA Jobs.
- [email protected]
- Lime Connect (for jobs and internships).
To find internship opportunities in the US, check out Internships.com, InternshipFinder, WayUp, the National Business & Disability Council, American Association of People with Disabilities, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. You can also explore careers and internships at Wheel The World if you’re passionate about making the world more inclusive for all.
The Best Entry-Level Business Jobs
While the specific type of job or internship you pursue will depend on your desired career path, several great entry-level jobs for business majors include financial analysts, sales representatives, and human resource assistants. Other types of entry-level jobs include marketing coordinators, assistant buyers, brand marketing assistants, and operations research analysts.
Educational Resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities
As you prepare to enter the workforce, educational resources like JobTIPS can help to ease the transition from school to the workplace. On this website, you’ll find job search and interview tips, guided exercises, skills assessments, and other helpful tools for job seekers with disabilities.
Other educational resources for job seekers with special needs include AbilityOne.gov, My Employment Options, and the Workforce Recruitment Program.
A Few Final Words
By pursuing a degree in business, you’ll get one step closer to landing an in-demand job as a business analyst, account manager, financial analyst, marketing manager, or sales representative. You could even inch your way toward entrepreneurship!
Whatever your career goals may be, your disability shouldn’t hold you back from achieving them. And hopefully this guide will provide you with the information and encouragement you need to pursue a successful career in business — and land the job of your dreams.
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