Explore Your Options
Business, Finance, and Management
The field of business management involves two broad domains. One is working with people—hiring, training, coordinating, and creating an effective environment for the attainment of organizational objectives. The other is laying a foundation for becoming a manager of a business or organizational unit where strategy and decision-making skills are important.
Learn About the Field
Career exploration is all about research. Use the following information to learn if a career in business, finance, and management is for you.
Latest News in the Field
Keep informed about what's happening in this field by reading what the professionals read. Visit the following sites regularly!US News Money
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times Business
Now that you've done a little research about the fields of business, finance, and management, it's time to start meeting with industry professionals. It's an easy way to learn more about what your future career path might look like. It's also a great way to network with people who may know about internship or full-time job opportunities.
IUB Alumni LinkedIn – You can connect with over 186,000 IUB alumni from various programs after you create a LinkedIn profile. Search for alumni based on location, company, industry, and what they studied. To learn more about how to set-up your profile and use this tool, visit these resources.
IU Alumni Directory—Request an account and use it to search for IU Alumni who have graduated from our business, finance, and management programs. You can see where they’re working now and email them directly from the site. Contact a dozen people to start with and see where you end up. You may need to contact more in order to get some helpful responses.
Informational Interviewing Guide—Once you know who you’re interested in talking with, use this guide to request and conduct an informational interview.
Social Media Networking
Use social media to network with professionals and their organizations. LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to connect. Here are a few organizations that have a strong social presence.
- American Bankers Association: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- American Management Association: LinkedIn
- Association for Financial Professionals: Twitter
- Business Development: LinkedIn
- Finance Industry Professionals Worldwide: LinkedIn
- Finance and Accounting Recruiter Group: LinkedIn
- Financial Managers Society: Facebook
- Financial Planning Association: Facebook, Twitter
- Human Resource Management: LinkedIn
- Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- Institute of Real Estate Management: Facebook, Twitter
- National Management Association: Facebook
Join a Professional Association
National professional associations are valuable sources for a variety of career information. You can learn about certification requirements, job leads, internships, educational opportunities, and more. Many associations offer discounted membership rates for students.
Build Your Skills
Having career-relevant work experience on your resume will give you a big head start when it comes time to land your post-grad dream job. Now that you’ve researched your career options, take advantage of the opportunities below to build the skills you need to be competitive. Remember: employers also like to see plenty of leadership experience listed.
Join Student Organizations
There are more than 700 student organizations at IU—which means there are more than 700 ways you can get some really impressive leadership experience. Below are some groups specific to business, finance, and management. Check out BeINvolved to learn about even more student organizations through IU Student Life and Learning.
Get a Part Time Job
Use myJobs to learn about part- and full-time job opportunities. Here are career-relevant jobs that students have participated in.
Jobs with an asterisk are within walking distance from campus.
Put your talents to good use and build experience along the way! Off-campus volunteer opportunities exist around every corner. Below are some volunteer opportunities within about an hour’s drive of Bloomington.
Find a job or internship
You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from business, finance, and management majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent business, finance, and management graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to business, finance, and management. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Searches
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Project management/manager
- Leadership training
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you’re preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization’s history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company’s about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you’re hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What role do you usually take on when working as part of a team?
- What leadership roles have you had in the past?
- Why do you want to work in this field/at this company?
- Discuss a time you faced/worked in a high pressure environment and how you handled it.
- How do you prioritize projects and tasks when scheduling your time? Give me some examples.
- What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
- Avoid the use of phrases such as “responsibilities included” or “duties included.” Employers want to hear about your accomplishments, not how well you carried out your assigned duties.
- Painstakingly proofread your resume for typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors. Even small mistakes can lead a potential employer to believe that you might not make a very careful or conscientious employee.
- Tailor your resume for each job. Make sure the accomplishments you’ve highlighted match the specific skills the employer is looking for. Potential employers will not take the time to figure out why you might be a match; your resume must make it clear for them.
- Quantify your achievements in terms of percentages, dollar amounts, or time frames to make your accomplishments more concrete. Employers are less interested in titles and duties and more interested in previous accomplishments.
- Include your finance or accounting industry certifications and licenses, such as CPA, CFA, and Series 7, 63, and/or 64.