Published: 19 May 2017

What can you do with a degree in business?

A degree in business and management offers students unique learning opportunities and exceptional future prospects. Discover how the skills and knowledge gained from a business and management degree can open doors to a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers.

Are you interested in discovering how businesses operate and thrive, but not sure how a degree in business and management will invest in your future?

A business degree has a great deal of real-world relevance, and can be applicable to many different professions. A degree in this innovative and stimulating field of study will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills and can open doors to a variety of fascinating careers.


What skills will a business degree teach me?

As a business and management student, you will learn to be enterprising and innovative through hands-on experience. You will also develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as decision making and problem solving skills.

Alongside these degree-specific skills, you will also gain a range of key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers across industries. These include versatile skills such as communication, organisation, and relationship building, alongside good commercial awareness and the ability to work collaboratively in teams.

What job can I get with a degree in business?

Business and management graduates are perhaps most obviously qualified for professions such as:

  • Management
  • Management consulting
  • Project management
  • Business or financial advising
  • Stock market analysing
  • Risk assessing
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching

However, business and management expertise is valuable for any job role and as a business graduate you may find that the skills and knowledge you acquire during your degree will prepare you for a successful and fulfilling career in other, perhaps more unexpected, areas of work.

Surrey Business School played a vital role in creating real-life scenarios in which we could learn important skills, ranging from teamwork and delegation to multi-tasking and meeting assignment deadlines.

Kevin Patrick, BSc International Business Management


Unexpected career paths for business graduates

Human resources

The strong communication and organisation skills, as well as problem solving abilities, gained from a business and management degree make business graduates well-suited to a career in human resources.

As a business and management graduate, you’ll be equipped with a good knowledge of business operations which can be utilised to assist with the development and implementation of HR policies in organisations. Additionally, your strong interpersonal skills will enable you to deal with colleagues across different levels of an organisation effectively.

Human resources positions exist within every sector imaginable, meaning that there is a wealth of opportunities for business graduates in this sector.

Charity fundraising

If you are looking for a job where you can make a real difference, then charity fundraising could be a great way of using your business degree to benefit a cause that you believe in.

A business and management degree imparts exceptional written and spoken communication skills, polished presentation skills, the ability to work under pressure, and budget management skills, giving business graduates all they need to obtain a job in charity fundraising. Business graduates' ability to motivate and manage others will enable them to forge positive relationships with supporters, which is paramount in succeeding in charity fundraising.


Opportunities in sales are numerous for business and management graduates. The interpersonal skills and in-depth commercial awareness that business graduates possess make them strong candidates for jobs in this area.

Pursuing a career in sales will allow you to apply your profitable knowledge to promoting products and services to customers. Sales roles range from working in retail and finance environments to estate agents, travel agents and recruitment consultancies, meaning that there are some unique and exciting opportunities for business graduates in the sales sector.


If you are a business graduate with a creative streak, you may find that a career in marketing is a great fit for you. This thriving sector offers a wealth of different creative roles across many industries, and the strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as practiced networking abilities, that you developed during your business degree will prove invaluable when it comes to assessing and responding to changing consumer habits.

Analytics is also becoming increasingly more important in this sector, meaning that the analytical skills that you acquired during their degree will put you in a prime position to pursue a career in this exciting and fast-paced area.

Event management

As a business management graduate, you might find yourself attracted to a dazzling career in event management, where you can make good use of the management, planning and organisation skills that you developed during your degree.

In this role you'll manage events from initial event planning, to the running of the event itself, right through to post-event evaluation where your superb analytical skills will provide a serious advantage. A job in event management allows business graduates to draw on their collaborative working skills, and you will find that your ability to work well in a team is crucial for a successful career in events.


At the University of Surrey, our innovative business and management programmes were ranked top two in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017 and fourth in the National Student Survey 2015.

Discover more about where a degree in business and management from the University of Surrey could take you. Explore some of the top jobs our business and management alumni have secured over the past few years and learn more about careers and employability at Surrey, including our world-renowned Professional Training placement programme.

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