A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is one of the most popular business qualifications among aspiring students. The degree comes with the fundamental knowledge catered towards budding young management professionals and future entrepreneurs. Some customized BBA degree programs also come with a complementary graduate diploma specialization where students are given the option to select from a wide variety of subjects. Whatever type of BBA degree it is, students always look forward to establishing promising careers after graduation. In this article, we will explore the different career opportunities for BBA graduates that can provide appreciable development in their professional lives.
This is one of the most common career paths taken up by BBA graduates. Postgraduate programs enable each student to be skilled at advanced specialized knowledge in the domain of business management. However, there are multiple types of postgraduate programs pursued by BBA graduates. Every program comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages for students.
An MBA is perhaps the most sought-after business qualification in the world. Millions of students across the globe pursue MBA degrees to land higher-paying jobs. Although it is highly recommended by industry professionals to gain at least two years of work experience prior to pursuing an MBA, fresh BBA graduates also take up this program with the hope of landing their first job in a high-paying position at a renowned firm. An MBA degree usually offers one or two specializations for preparing students in a particular business domain. Common examples of MBA specializations include Supply Chain Management, Hotel Management, Hospitality Management, Project Management, Financial Management, Sustainability Management, Operations Management, Risk Management, Blockchain Management, Cloud Computing Management, IT/ITeS Management, Artificial Intelligence Management, Cybersecurity Management, etc. The duration of an MBA program also varies nowadays. Traditionally it used to be two years like any generic post-graduate degree. But nowadays, keeping in mind that a lot of people pursue MBA while working full-time, colleges have developed online EMBA (Executive MBA) programs of one-year duration, where the entire MBA curriculum is covered within twelve months of two semesters. You can pursue either a traditional two years MBA degree or an EMBA if you are a working professional. Both are highly valued across industries. Nowadays though, both MBA and EMBA programs are offered completely online and offline, giving students the much-needed agility and flexibility to choose any mode of learning according to their convenience and affordability.
Like MBA, PGDM programs are one to two years post-graduate pursuits that can be taken up by fresh BBA graduates. It is usually of two years, but again, for working professionals, B-Schools and universities are offering one year PGDM programs as well. The main difference between MBA and PGDM is that the former is more rigid and slow when it comes to making updates in the curriculum, whereas the latter accords with the changes in the economic landscape and quickly incorporates the changes. MBAs are usually conducted by UGC-recognized universities, while PGDMs are conducted by AICTE-approved standalone private B-Schools. Although PGDM courses have a more practical and specialized approach compared to an MBA, both programs are equally valued in the industry. For Ph.D. pursuits, again both MBA and PGDM programs are treated as equally valued post-graduate qualifications. As a fresh BBA graduate, you can opt for either of the two for appreciable career development. Common specializations under PGDM are Marketing Management, Hospitality & Hotel Management, International Business Management, Business Analytics, Management of Information Systems, etc.
Certifications are for those who wish to upskill themselves quickly without having to go through the hassles of traditional postgraduate curriculums. Certifications in agile, scrum, blockchain, quality management, cloud computing, machine learning, software development, etc. have recently gained a lot of traction among students and industry players alike. Typically, they are of three to six months, focused on a particular skill set that the student or professional seeks to acquire. The focus is mainly on skill development and is taken up by both fresh graduates and working professionals.
Working for an organization and gaining a few years of industry experience is always recommended by experts. Companies seek to hire candidates who have a few years of work experience in addition to having an MBA/PGDM qualification at hand. Usually, nowadays, BBA programs come with placement support, so you won’t have to seek work opportunities on job portals if you happen to crack your campus interview rounds. Many higher education institutions offering BBA e.g. Medhavi Skills University (MSU), render placements along with OJT (On-Job-Training)/Apprenticeship embedded curriculums that boost employment opportunities after graduation. Keeping in mind that the employment landscape is constantly changing with technological and strategic disruptions, you should select the right BBA program and apply for organizations that align specifically with your career plan. As a BBA graduate, you can get hired in a number of popular departments. Some common examples are Marketing, Operations, Logistics, Strategy, Blockchain, IT, Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Compliance, Quality, etc.
Although MBAs feel more confident in starting their own ventures, a BBA graduate too potentially acquires the basic knowledge and business acumen to embark on their self-employment journey. With governments and venture capitalists funding startups and creating new business booms, now is the right time to make the best use of business knowledge and open up businesses. One thing that should always be kept in mind is that market conditions can fluctuate and lead to economic ups and downs. You, as a fresh BBA graduate need to constantly update yourself with market scenarios in order to gauge the perfect timing for ideating and launching your own business. With the globalized world of the internet, you also do not have the obligation to set up physical warehouses or retail outlets. You can straightaway open an online business through a hosted website, conduct digital marketing procedures and promote your brand to the global audience. The need for small businesses will never get exhausted, and there will always be investors willing to capitalize on promising startups. Starting your own business can be one of the best career decisions you can make if you want to operate in the industry as an independent brand and are not comfortable with the regular nine-to-five work schedules. However, care should be taken about the finances and strategies supporting it.
At Medhavi Skills University (MSU), students are not only trained by expert faculty members and industry professionals, but they also receive world-class counseling sessions from distinguished and sought-after in-house career counselors. They are assisted and rendered guidance with regard to choosing the right career path after graduation and post-graduation years in a wide variety of academic and vocational fields. With the aim to upskill every student with industry-aligned competencies and foster their professional acumen, MSU cultivates an ecosystem of the right career guidance and support.