So, you studied entrepreneurship and got the major. Congratulations! But maybe you don’t want to start your own company after all, or at least not quite yet. Don’t fret. All that studying and training you spent on learning about entrepreneurship is not wasted. You may just be surprised at how many options you really have out there.
There are many other options and very few limitations. Rather than simply focusing on the “entrepreneurial” aspect of your degree, consider all that you learned to get that degree. Most likely there were courses that covered creativity, innovation, ethics, marketing, finance and a wide variety of other topics. Focus on those skills and concepts and see where you can use them in the Fortune 50 job world.
This is only a small snapshot of what you can do with an entrepreneurial degree. All of these places will help you gain valuable insight and hands-on experience that can either be used to further your career working for someone else, or help you become a more effective leader, should you decide to go out on your own.
1. Mid-level Management for an Entrepreneurship Degree Holder
At big companies, the C-level folks develop ideas, the ground force does the work and mid-level management converts the idea into execution. Graduates with entrepreneurial degrees are well-suited for this opportunity.
2. Business Consultant
The Fortune 500 is ripe with business consultants. They need people who can go to a client site, identify problems and fix them. That is what an entrepreneur does, and that is why this job is perfect for you. You have the training to help identify things that others may not pick up on and the training to know how to fix them.
Someone who works in sales or runs the department needs to know how businesses run. They need to know how to represent a company, manage accounts and follow up on leads.
4. Research and Development
To work in R&D, you need to understand business concepts, procedures and practices. With all of the training and education someone has received learning about entrepreneurship, they are well prepared for this type of position.
5. Not-for-Profit Fundraiser
Being able to raise funds requires understanding the importance of business and networking relationships. It is a great place for someone with this type of degree because you will have experience in studying advanced concepts that can be used to your advantage on the job.
Now here me out on this one. I am not suggesting that you go teach entrepreneurship. I suggest you teach a core competency (e.g., math, history, literature, etc.), but teach students the entrepreneurial side. Teach them the benefits of math to business, history to innovation, and literature to persuasive advertising.
Having had courses that cover operations management, leadership and a variety of others, you most likely have a keen sense of what type of person is needed to fulfill a position. Companies who use recruiters rely upon someone being not just people savvy, but having an in-depth business sense as well.
8. Business Reporter
If you can write articles, or pick up a quick class to learn it, you are in a prime position to take the lead on covering a local business beat. You will understand the field and concepts and can use your knowledge to make the business section that much more interesting and telling.
A version of this article was originally published on May 26, 2011.