What Can I Do With My Business Degree?


A business degree is so flexible it can take you virtually anywhere you wish to go in the world. Its principles can be applied to almost every company because nearly every enterprise—whether it be a beauty parlour, a movie theatre, a non-profit, a government agency, or a bank—is founded on business principles.

Where do you want to go with your business degree?

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Julien Oghia

Accounting Clerk at the French Catholic School Board of Toronto
Honours BA in Business Economics, York University Glendon College

I chose this program because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do when I came out of high school, but I knew that I couldn’t go wrong with a field as broad as business. I specifically chose Glendon because I wanted to keep my education going in French, as I had done elementary and high school in French as well.

I am currently enrolled in the Certified Management Accountant program and am hoping to occupy a management position in a financial department of a relatively big company once I obtain my CMA. I would love to work for a car company in this role, as I love working with and being around cars. With the breadth of a certification like CMA, I can pretty much end up anywhere as a manager or director in any field, since accounting and management are common to most companies.

My degree was a business economics degree, which meant that it had elements of economics and business together. Along with Economics courses, it introduced me to my first financial and managerial accounting courses and gave me a taste of what I was getting myself into. Doing my CMA, though, will help me continue where my degree ended, building upon the foundations that my degree first gave me.

Raj Mangat

Chartered Accountant, Supervisor in Assurance and Advisory at Collins Barrow Toronto LLP
Bachelor in Business Administration, Wilfrid Laurier University

In 2000, WLU was up-and-coming with their business degree, which is the field I wanted to get into. They had a co-operative program option that I applied to after my first year where I was offered the opportunity to apply for numerous job opportunities in all business disciplines: accounting, finance, marketing, business operations, and so on.

I’ve been a full-time chartered accountant (CA) since 2006, receiving my CA designation in 2007. It was a challenging process, which required specific university credits to be completed during my years at WLU, successfully writing three separate exams—including the Uniform Final Examination (UFE), a national exam held every fall—and completing 30 months of relevant work experience at an accredited accounting firm.

My current job is ABSOLUTELY related to my field. In my profession, we’re exposed to a variety of businesses and industries that require us to analyze financial and non-financial information on a daily basis. My degree at WLU helped me build various, adaptable business skills, which I continue to use after having graduated in 2005.

“In my profession, we’re exposed to a variety of businesses and industries that require us to analyze financial and non-financial information on a daily basis.” —Raj Mangat, Supervisor in Assurance and Advisory at Collins Barrow Toronto

Michael Bodsworth

Consultant at Devon Group
Public Relations Certificate (post-graduate program), Humber College
Honours Business Administration, The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario

Attending business school gave me the opportunity to dissect real-life scenarios, develop critical thinking skills and apply these to a variety of situations I have encountered in the working world. Business school gave me the toolkit [required] to respond quickly and effectively to issues that arise in the workplace.

I didn’t know immediately following graduation that I wanted to work in the communications field. After pursuing “typical” careers out of business school, I came to recognize that the one thing in each position that I liked was the communications factor. At that point, I wanted to be well-equipped to break into the PR world, so I went back to school for my post-grad in order to secure placement at a global agency.

Yes, my current job is related to the field I studied. [But] now that I can recognize how important the communications department is to the success of an organization, I wish there was more of a focus on communications and issues management at the university level. Augmenting my business degree with a post-grad in PR has equipped me with the skills to contribute to both the strategic planning of an organization and the engagement of public, media and other relevant stakeholders.

About the author

Marisa Baratta loves writing, especially about topics pertaining to environmental change, animal issues, human rights and health. She loves helping others and wants to make a positive difference in the world. She is always working on publishing her books, which seek to inspire and incite laughter. She has been published in the National Post, t.o. night newspaper and on several online magazines. She completed a BA with a specialization in English and a bilingual certificate before studying Book and Magazine Publishing at Centennial College. She lives with her family and two cats (can you spot one of them in the picture?).