Should I study business?

08 March 2021
Students in trading room working at computer together and smiling

Business has always been a vital part of life, from trading in the days before currency, to today’s booming global economy. It is an ever-evolving and fascinating subject with great job prospects. 

Business is a broad and varied field, meaning you can tailor your course to suit your interests. Its flexibility also helps you build transferrable skills that will help you succeed in the workplace. A combination of academic study and practical work experience will equip you for a huge range of jobs both in and outside of the world of business.

What skills do you need for business?

  • Problem-solving – finding solutions that maximise efficiency and profit.
  • Data analysis – gathering and interpreting statistics to give vital insight to a business.
  • Communication skills – knowing when to speak and when to listen, how to work well in a team, and how to show leadership when it is needed.
  • Research – looking deeply into a subject and being able to pick out key findings and report back.
  • Creativity – the ability to dream up new ideas and challenge the established ways of working.

5 reasons to study business

1. Employability

You might choose business because you have always dreamed of a specific career. However, if you’re not sure what to do with a business degree, the good news is, your options are wide open. Business graduates are always in demand, whether in a small business, an international corporation, or another sector entirely.

2. High-income potential

It’s no surprise that business graduates are well paid. If you make a valuable impact to a company’s turnover, you will be rewarded. £30,000 is the average starting salary for a business graduate in the UK and you can probably expect more in performance-based bonuses.

3. International opportunities

If your dream is to travel, a career in business could be perfect for you. Almost all companies realise the importance of face-to-face networking to build and sustain productive working relationships. This can provide amazing opportunities to see the world and experience different cultures.

4. Choice of subjects

A business degree programme allows you choose modules to suit your interests and career goals. Whether you would like to start a social enterprise, or maybe become a business advisor and help companies make more ethical choices. Business can be a force for good and you could really make a difference in your chosen field.

5. Be your own boss

If you like doing things your own way and you relish innovation, you might like to become an entrepreneur. Having a well-rounded business education means you will have the tools you need to be a leader, such as problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Most of all, you will need passion for the product or solution you are selling.

Why study business at Cardiff University?

Business at Cardiff is a highly ranked, diverse and forward-thinking faculty, with a mission to make a positive impact in the communities of Wales and the world. The University is ranked 154th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020) and 34th in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

As well as outstanding teaching and facilities, you will have access to a dedicated Careers Centre to help you explore your options and practise vital job skills. Most undergraduate degrees also have the option of a professional placement year. Taken in your third year, this gives you the opportunity to build skills and contacts for your future career. The University’s capital city location offers opportunities for placements at global organisations including the Admiral Group, the BBC, and Confused.com.

Cardiff’s business graduates are in demand for their social conscience and real-world experience. They work in the private, public and third sectors across the globe.

Watch Kinari’s inspiring story to find out more about business at Cardiff University.

Study business in the UK

The United Kingdom has a long reputation as a world centre for business and is home to the headquarters of hundreds of multinational companies. Studying business here gives you the chance to perfect your English, an international language which could help you communicate with colleagues and business partners around the world. It’s also an opportunity to experience life abroad and explore the UK’s rich history and culture. You could even start your career here, benefiting from the new Graduate Immigration Route – a 2-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities.

Our pathway programmes at Cardiff University International Study Centre prepare you to attend a prestigious Russell Group university. We offer the following:

International Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance

A two-semester programme helping you build skills for an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University.

Pre-Master’s in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

A two-term programme that prepares you to succeed in a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University.

Once you complete your pathway programme, you will progress to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree with confidence – and look forward to a bright future in business.

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