Consider Joining or Starting a Business
Are you an entrepreneur, an innovator, a leader? Then a business focus might be a good fit. Business professions offer a wide range of opportunities–from running your own company to managing financial statements to overseeing product development. Business is a life skill, not just a career pursuit.
Business encompasses many functions and career fields and there are a lot of tools to help you determine the right fit for your purpose and set of skills, interests, and expectations.
- Take a business career assessment, Builder Profile
- Research companies using VAULT Blogs and Handshake
- Find out about company culture, The Muse
Business Core Competencies are skills that will better prepare you for success in a business career. While some of the competencies are innate, many of them can be developed or enhanced with a concerted effort:
- problem solving
- organizational comprehension
- financial acumen
- management skills
- marketing analytics
- technical competencies
- team relationship building
- consulting frameworks
Take a detailed look at average salaries.
Build Your Network
A robust network can be as helpful in finding that next outcome to leverage your academic experience. Get out there and engage with your fellow Tritons, and take advantage of the on-campus opportunities to meet prospective employers.
- The Basement
- Entrepreneurial Seminar Series
- Dine-with-a-Prof or Coffee-with-a-Prof
- Are you interested in Finance? Engage with alumni in the Finance Professionals Network
Gaining experience doesn't’t just mean internships and work study, although those are great ways to hone your skills. You can also get relevant experience in your classes, student organizations, research, and student worker projects.
- Student Organizations
- Take advantage of sponsorships for business and accounting-related student organizations with the Rady School of Management.
- Participate in other student organizations, like these:
Check out these additional resources:
- UC San Diego Extension Business and Leadership Programs
- iTunes Business Videos
- UC TV Career/Start-Ups
- UC TV Women in Business
- Scripps Innovation
- Ask for research help from the Economics and Business Librarian
Prep for Grad School
If you’re thinking about going to graduate school, you’ll want to prepare early. Most graduate school applications are due in the late fall/early winter of the academic year before you want to attend. Some steps take time so plan ahead!
- Schools and Programs -use the links below to identify programs with a curriculum, faculty, facilities, and services that meet your needs, as well as the admissions criteria and cost.
- Use GradSchools.com and Petersons.com to search by degree level, field and location (US or Int’l)
- Attend our Graduate School Fair to learn about programs from school representatives
- Consider attending other recruitment events like Inside the MBA, MBA Tour and Top MBA
- Tests - Requirements vary. Check with your program for which to take:
- Letters of Recommendation – Get to Know Writers and Collect Letters
- Applications – Carefully prepare and submit
Invest in Your Future: Full-time MBA Costs and Financing
Explore student loans, scholarships, and get financial planning advice
- Tuition and Fees, Fellowships and Loans, Scholarships and Grants at the Rady School of Management
Get the Offer
Take a look at available jobs on Handshake. Our exclusive partnerships with leading companies connect you to the right people to get your foot in the door. Some of our partners include:
- Cyber Center of Excellence
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