If you’re here you’ve probably already decided to go to college for business, but how much have you thought about the exact program you’ll take?
Many young people make the mistake of thinking all college-level business programs are essentially the same, but there are actually several highly varied programs.
Here are 5 questions you should ask before choosing a program:
Question 1: What type of business do you want to work in?
Most college business programs teach you fundamental aspects of business so you can work in any industry, but some programs are tailored to specific industries. At the Canadian Business College, for example, they offer paralegal and health care programs as well as generalized business programs.
Of course, “type of business” no longer just means the industry you want to work in. Millions of businesses around the world are now run entirely online, which is also why some schools—including the Canadian Business College—provide an E-Business program.
Question 2: Do you want to work for yourself or for someone else?
People tend to assume that if you’re in a business program, it’s to go into business for yourself, but there are many people who take these programs so they can get management jobs in someone else’s company. Still others want to get administrative jobs in highly specialized and competitive fields like health care and law.
At most business schools, you can choose between a program tailored to employment in a specific field or one designed to help you start your own business.
Question 3: What aspects of business are you most interested in?
There are many different aspects of running a successful business: creating great products/services, marketing, accounting, web design and maintenance, the list goes on. A broadly focused business program serves as a crash course in all these things, but you may not be interested in all of them—or you may just want to go deeper into one area.
In business colleges, you can find specialized programs in accounting, database administration, network engineering, software engineering, marketing, and possibly more.
Question 4: What time commitment are you prepared to give?
Another big concern when you’re looking at any college program is the time commitment, and this is particularly important for business school, as many attendees have already completed other college programs and found jobs. If you’re one of these people, you’ll want to enroll in a part time program or one that has flexible attendance.
Or you might have all the time in the world and want to attend a rush program that gets you certification in a year—or connects you to a university level program. The important thing is that you know what level of commitment you’re looking for before you sign up.
Question 5: What financial support is available?
Business school is nowhere near the most expensive post secondary education available, but it still costs a fair bit. Unless you’ve already secured funding from other sources, you should find out what financial aid the school offers. Most Canadian colleges offer a variety of financial aid options, and advisors at the college my know other grants/funding programs you can apply to.
Your college of choice may offer several financial aid programs, including interest free payment plans and second career payment programs for people who have been laid off.
There’s a lot of pressure to simply go to college for something, but you should be 100% clear on what you want before starting a program. Don’t jump into anything without at least knowing the answers to all of these questions.