Business administration offers a wide range of professional opportunities: consulting, international relations, e-commerce, etc. How do you know for sure that you choose the right degree? The student Figaro helps you to see things more clearly.
What do we study in business?
By starting business studies, you commit to exploring different areas (marketing, communication, finance, etc.). Of course, if you’re going to specialize over the years, you’ll need to have a knowledge base specific to the sales industry:
● administrative management;
● customer relationship;
● Fluent in English and/or other foreign languages.
This knowledge base is widely taught up to bac+2 level. By pursuing your higher education, you move into more specific areas, in line with your professional project.
The Qualities Needed to Study and Work in Commerce
First of all, we necessarily think of a pronounced taste for relationships. Whether from a management standpoint or more simple at the customer relationship level, the salesperson is inherently at ease when it comes to communicating.
This convenience must also be found when he has to communicate in a language other than his own. That is why a perfect command of English is especially essential.
Working in commerce also implies the ability to challenge yourself and the desire to surpass yourself. If you’re imagining 35-hour weeks punctuated by a comforting routine, go ahead! Knowing how to adapt to the unexpected is also essential in any good salesperson’s arsenal.
The different courses for studying business administration
From high school, you can choose courses that prepare you for business studies:
● general baccalaureate with specializations in economics and social sciences, languages and literature, foreign culture;
● STMG technological baccalaureate;
● professional baccalaureate in customer relations.
All of these courses lead to post-baccalaureate studies that can be pursued in a university or private school.
If you aspire to short studies, you should turn on the side of the BTS (bac + 2) and the BUT (bac + 3). Depending on the content of your professional project, you can, for example, choose between:
● a BTS negotiation and digitization of customer relations (NDRC);
● a BTS International Trade (CI);
● a GOAL for business operations and administration (GEA);
● a Technical Marketing GOAL (TC).
Good to know: As of academic year 2021, the BUT (university technical bachelor) will replace TU Delft. It takes place over three years at universities and provides a bac+3 level.
Capable of rapid professional integration, it is advisable to pursue higher education if you want more responsibility.
To do this, for example, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in economics or management allows you to reach a bac+3 level, it is also accessible once you have completed your baccalaureate degree.
Note that you also have the option of earning an equivalent degree by integrating a bachelor’s degree in a business school. Courses offered include marketing, international trade and management.
These courses are a good springboard to a business sector leading to a bac+5. Here too you are offered a choice since you can integrate:
● a university master’s degree (particularly within the IAE);
● a master’s degree from a business or management school;
● a Business School MBA.
Here the main difference lies in the multitude of disciplines taught and accessibility.
Which schools study business administration?
There is a wide variety of schools if you want to train outside of college.
A distinction must be made between schools and business schools. The latter mainly benefit from accreditations and quality labels that strengthen their reputation.
Note that most of these schools turn to competitive recruitment, billing more than ten thousand euros each year.
Finally, regarding the difference between business school and management school, it is mainly on the level of teaching that it is located. The line between the two sectors becomes thinner with the number of years of study and you are led to take an interest in similar topics such as marketing, digital or finance.
If you find it difficult to make your choice, you can always consult and compare the rankings of the schools you want to apply for.
IAEs are worthy public competitors to business and management schools. They are financially more accessible. The registration fee is identical to that of a master’s degree at a university, namely 243 euros. Depending on the courses that interest you, you can apply to one of the many branches present in France.