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Good jobs in business that don't involve sitting at a desk all day?

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Question - (25 April 2012) 5 Answers - (Newest, 25 April 2012)
A female United States age 22-25, anonymous writes:

I'm a 3rd year business major but I hate sitting at a desk/cubicle. What is a good career path for a business management major with a creative mind? I absolutely love writing, traveling, entertainment, event planning, designing, learning languages, and even teaching. I hate math and logic. I chose my major when I was young and didn't where to go. But now I discovered so many passions that don't correlate with my major. The only career I can think of right now is teaching ESL abroad which really doesn't have anything to do with my degree. Any tips/suggestions? Thanks!

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A female reader, person12345 United States + , writes (25 April 2012):

person12345 agony auntYour undergrad major doesn't mean anything unless you want to get into med school or science. Just pick a job in a creative field or pick a graduate program that is more in tune with your wants and go. So long as that isn't med school or physical science, you will do fine. I know a lot of people think picking a major is the be all end all of career choice, but it's not. In fact I'd say at least half, if not more, of my friends went to graduate school or got a job in a completely unrelated field. Your major is just not that important. You should go talk to your career counselor at your school for help in picking something after you graduate.

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A male reader, Cerberus Ireland +, writes (25 April 2012):

Cerberus agony auntSimple OP just start looking into Post-Grad options that more suit what you like to do. You can do a conversion post-grad that would change your field into something you like. You could even do a masters in business, a doctorate and become lecturer instead. Travelling to conferences, writing papers, teaching students.

OP degrees are only stepping stones these days. Everyone has a degree, it's as common now as a high school diploma. Business is all about experience and contacts, but a post grad gives you a lot more options. So just look into a post grad instead of a job. You have time now to research that and you can spcialiaze in a field such as PR or HR, or something that allows you to travel and do fun stuff.

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A female reader, k_c100 United Kingdom +, writes (25 April 2012):

k_c100 agony auntMarketing is a good one for creative business people - there are many disciplines of marketing so you have a lot to choose from.

If you like events management, why not think about applying for jobs at events management agencies? Yes there is a bit of sitting at a desk, all jobs involve that from time to time - but a lot of event management means you get to travel around, attending the events you have organised etc.

PR is another good one - if you love writing then you would enjoy PR, and you often get to organise events through that too.

Advertising agencies and typical marketing agencies still mean you get to do lots of fun things that dont always involve being sat behind a desk - take my job for example, I work at a marketing agency that produce the brochures for Jaguar cars. I organise and attend lots of photoshoots, and hopefully within the next year or so I will be travelling abroad for the photoshoots (China, South Africa, LA, Hong Kong are all locations that we use for car photography).

If your major is too broad and general 'business' rather than more focused on marketing, then get some work experience at local agencies. PR agencies, marketing agencies and event management agencies are often looking for students to come and help out, often you have to do it for free but it looks great on your CV.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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A female reader, chigirl Norway + , writes (25 April 2012):

chigirl agony auntGet a job at an international corporation perhaps? Or retail, like mentioned. Or other forms of up front sales and marketing.

Your job isn't your entire life you know, you can still seek your passions on your spare time when you're done at the office. Then once you get connections you can start to pull the strings and land in a position where you get to do the more interesting stuff. But everyone needs to start at the bottom.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (25 April 2012):

"What is a good career path for a business management major with a creative mind?"

Retail. As department or store manager you'll be on the front lines and not stuck at a desk, artistically displaying merchandise will provide an outlet for your creativity, and you'll gain valuable experience transportable to other careers and fields.

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