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Business / Entrepreneurship / Management / Consulting

Whether it is online or brick-and-mortar, this industry is multi-faceted and encompasses a wide range of careers that help create and build up businesses and services and keep them running smoothly. Explore roles in everything from start-ups to B-Corporations to Fortune 500 companies.

Welcome to the Business / Entrepreneurship / Management / Consulting Community

Many students have a general sense of wanting to go into “business”, but not knowing what that really means.  It is important to think not just about the industry, and what part of it you might want to explore, but about the role you want to play.  Maybe you are interested in technology, or consumer packaged goods, or retail, or food and beverage.  These are just a few of the many areas of business you might want to explore.  But what do you want to DO?  Maybe it’s sales.  Maybe it’s finance.  Maybe it’s customer experience.  Maybe it’s human resources.  Maybe it’s strategy, or project management.  These are just some of the options you can explore in this career community.

Entrepreneurship is developing a business or new product from the ground up, hence the term “start-up”. Entrepreneurs are risk-takers, innovators, and are willing to explore and develop opportunities in order to create something new. Successful entrepreneurs recognize the “right” opportunities at the right time, find the resources they need, and put together the right team to turn the idea into reality.

Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss to improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur develops innovative solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.  B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

Relevant Courses

Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Effective communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Quantitative skills

Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.

Check SPIRE for full course descriptions and availability. These are abbreviated descriptions, and details may change at the discretion of the instructor.  Courses may not be offered every semester.

The Core Competencies all Employers Seek – Linkedin Learning Makes it Easy

Some skills are universally sought by employers and are essential to a well functioning team.  Stand out from the crowd by making sure you are strong in these areas:

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Identify and respond to needs based …

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New Internships Being Posted Daily in Handshake

Winter break is a fantastic time to search for and apply for summer internships!  New opportunities are being added all the time.

Of particular note right now, NPR summer internships in all subject areas have deadlines in January.  Also – …

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Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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SBS Shadows registration is now open. Spend a day over winter break at work with an alum!

There’s nothing quite like getting out into the world of work, seeing spaces, speaking with alumni, and getting a sense of what things are like in a particular company or organization.  It’s a good way to think about what kind …

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Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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Relevant Courses

These courses offered by SBS and Linkedin Learning will help you build the skills employers seek.

The Core Competencies All Employers Seek

Some skills are universally sought by employers and are essential to a well functioning team.  Stand out from the crowd…

COMM 352 – Group Dynamics

COMM 352 – Group Dynamics: The dynamics of decision-making groups. Topics include: leadership, networks, conformity, problem solving, mediation, and conflict resolution.

Emerging Leader Foundations

Dan Schawbel
Taking on a leadership role in the diverse, ever-changing modern workplace can feel both exhilarating and confusing. How can you…

Media Relations Foundations

Jessica Chen
If you want your business to succeed, you need as much brand recognition as you can get. In fact, getting…

SOCIOL 386 – Complex Organizations

SOCIOL 386 – Complex Organizations: The significance of large, complex organizations like schools, hospitals, businesses, religions and government.  How such organizations…

LABOR 204 – Labor and the Global Economy

LABOR 204 – Labor and the Global Economy: Learn about globalization and its impact on workers in the U.S. and internationally,…

Excel: PivotTables for Beginners

Dave Ludwig
PivotTables don’t have to be scary! This powerful Excel feature cuts the time you spend on formulas in half. In…

RESECON 162 – The Consumer in Our Society

RESECON 162 – The Consumer in Our Society: Learn about the role consumers play including their decision-making and market and non-market…

Nano Tips for Using Excel with Miss Excel

Kat Norton
You’re applying for a job that requires Excel, or maybe you already have the job and aren’t sure how to…

How to Be More Inclusive

Madecraft
Creating an inclusive workplace, where every employee feels welcomed, valued, respected, and heard, requires both structural change to your company…

Introduction to Graphic Design

Tony Harmer
Graphic design is a complex art. To become a graphic designer, you need to master many different skills and tools.…

RESECON 324 – Small Business Finance

RESECON 324 – Small Business Finance: Theory and application of Entrepreneurial Finance and basic financial management for a small firm. Emphasis…

Public Speaking Foundations

Laura Bergells
Develop the skills you need to prepare and deliver an outstanding speech or presentation. In this course, Laura Bergells offers…

The Secrets to Success at Work

Nigel Cumberland
Regardless of your profession or career stage, you can excel and be successful at work. In this course, Nigel Cumberland—a…

Learning to Write Marketing Copy

Ian Lurie
Copy is the heart and soul of almost every marketing endeavor. Get a great foundation for all your campaigns with…

Cert Prep: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

Kelley O'Connell
The agile approach to project management can help companies respond faster and more effectively to change. As a result, having…

Excel: Introduction to Formulas and Functions

Curt Frye
To unlock the power of Excel, you need to use formulas and functions. These calculation tools help you bring information…

Sales Foundations

Jeff Bloomfield
What makes someone effective at sales? A genuine desire to help others solve problems. In this course, former Genentech senior…

Learning Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Tom Geller
Bitcoin is a form of money that only exists online. While it’s making headlines around the world, many people don’t…

RESECON 314 – Financial Analysis for Consumers and Firm

RESECON 314 – Financial Analysis for Consumers and Firms: Foundations of interest rate theory and fundamentals of finance. A problem-solving approach…

Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

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