Jobs of The Future: Business
You might think of majoring in business as a practical choice -- a sensible path to a reliable career and a good income. And it's true! Companies and organizations will always need employees who have a solid foundation in the principles of business, as well as the ability to research, organize, execute plans and manage people.
"I was interested in business because of the opportunities it creates," says junior Dan Farmer, who is studying leadership and change management at SLU's John Cook School of Business. "It provides a lot of different paths for your career and teaches you to adapt to change, work with others and lead effectively -- all important life skills."
But not every business degree is the same.
Saint Louis University's bachelor's degree in business is an incredibly versatile degree that works well for both students who have already zeroed in on what they want to do with their lives as well as those who are still exploring their options.
What makes SLU's business education stand out?
First, the Cook School goes beyond a strong curriculum in finance or expertise in marketing. SLU business students get a foundation in all key functions of business. No matter what their specific concentration, students study accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, operations and statistics.
"I didn't always enjoy my finance and accounting courses," says senior Myiah Johnson. "But I learned from my internships that once you actually enter the business world, they want you to have a broad knowledge of business and not just a narrow specialization."
Like all of SLU's colleges and schools, the Cook School embraces the Jesuit ideals of seeking truth, educating the whole person and serving others. Part of that is providing a well-rounded education beyond the business school.
Senior Jenna Boff majored in entrepreneurship but rounded out her schedule with courses in theology and biology. "You learn to be a complete person," she says. "When you get out into the working world, it's about being well-rounded. That's what gets you an interview; that's what gets you the job."
Second, the Cook School strives to produce graduates who will be ethical leaders both in their chosen fields of business and in their communities. When finance major Sam Wright visited campus as a prospective student, he noticed that SLU was the only school he'd looked at that mentioned the importance of business ethics.
"There were a lot of scandals going on in the business world, and I just knew that at the end of my career I wanted to be able to look back and be proud of it and not have anything to hide," Wright said. "There are so many pressures to get to the top; integrity has to be at the forefront of your mind."
Along with ethics discussions, SLU's business students take 15 credit hours of theology and philosophy and are encouraged to pursue social justice through participation in student and community organizations and service fraternities.
"Service has always been important to me, but I'm not sure I would have made the time to do it while I was adjusting as a freshman and then later, trying to find an internship," says senior marketing major Andrea Helleny. "Because the opportunities were there as part of the school's mission, SLU made it easy."
Finally, the Cook School of Business supports its students every step of the way as they shape their career goals, begin to make professional connections and ultimately look for a job.
From the Freshman FOCUS program, which offers a career assessment workshop to help new Billikens hone in on a concentration, to Cook's Career Resources Center -- which offers practice interviews, tips on salary negotiation and more to undergraduates, MBA students and alumni -- students get the education they need to be a success not only at SLU but in the working world.
Ready to begin building your future in business? Get an overview of what life at Saint Louis University is like on BeaBilliken.com, then check out the opportunities at SLU's John Cook School of Business.