Major? Need college advice.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Major? Need college advice.
Tue, 05-27-2003 - 12:36pm
Hiya board!

I have made the decision to finish my degree; my college offers business classes online. My plan is to start with just one or two classes per semester, and just slowly finish it off.

I am looking at marketing and accounting. Which of these makes one more employable? Which is more versatile? And which would make the most sense if I wanted to apply any knowledge to small business? Would Marketing Major with Accounting minor work better than Accounting major with marketing minor?

BTW, my end goal is to basically to learn what I can for small business, and at the same time, also be employable.

Anyhow, any advice would be great :)


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 05-27-2003 - 1:35pm
As a small business advisor, I would have to say you are looking at the question from the wrong vantage point. Major in what you love and the rest will take care of itself. While a good general business background is essential for anyone looking to go into business for themselves, rarely is anyone successful as jack of all trades for long. As your business grows, you outsource anything outside your core competency, or you are likely to end up in trouble.

For every Michael Dell who launched a corporation from his dorm room and continues to play a major role in it today, are thousands who ran their companies into the ground becuase they didnt know what they didnt know. In accounting, you do have more flexibility-I know several who left big firm careers to start their own practice at home with the arrival of children. There are temp firms who do nothing but place accounting professionals-from book-keepers to CFO's. All that being said, you have to be willing to sit infront of a computer screen for hours at a time, be very linear thinking and disciplined. (for instance tax accountants have to read and know IRS code-I'd rather be shot than read it - but thank God my CPA does it for me) Marketing majors on the other hand are a dime a dozen. (my dh and several of his friends are marketing majors-ask them about job security and the competitive environment, and they have 20 yrs experience) Certainly marketing skills are important, but entry level marketing jobs tend to involve lots of phone calls/cold calls/public contact work. If you are extroverted, energetic, like to network, you can do well.

Have you been to your school's career center? Your college carreer center should have information and or interest tests to see if your temperment is conducive to your profession. If you are outgoing, hate to sit at a desk and spreadsheets give you a headache (most of my clients) you will not want to be in accounting. I got my undergrad in mgt (also a dime a dozen) and masters in finance, which I really like. I interned at a business incubator while working on my masters, and highly recommend it for anyone wanting to start thier own business.

Also emkf dot org (can we post links here?) is a wealth of info on entreprenuership and recommended reading. GOOD LUCK~