Even in today’s technology-focused world, demand for business graduates is reaching new heights.
A recent poll by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) found that 78 percent of surveyed employers plan to hire MBA graduates in 2019. Additionally, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ recent Job Outlook survey, eight of the 10 most in-demand majors at the bachelor’s degree level fall in the business category.
Many of those roles require essential leadership skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are vital to driving performance, improving one’s effectiveness as a manager and developing team members.
Both the graduate and undergraduate business programs at Herzing University are designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed in today’s ever-changing business environment, provide a competitive advantage in securing jobs after graduation, and support continued career advancement.
Check out some of the other benefits of our career-focused business programs:
1. You will develop a strong understanding of core business principles.
Regardless of the program or concentration you select, all business programs at Herzing begin with foundational courses that help you understand key business concepts, as well as the variety of professional functions within an organization and how they are all related. Through these core courses, students gain a more well-rounded understanding of how an organization functions, and learn how to better lead groups and teams across different departments.
2. Our business programs are constantly evolving
Technology is the leading transformational force in business today, and more change is likely with the rise of artificial intelligence, big data, social media and virtual reality. More than 60 percent of executives believe they will need to retrain more than a quarter of their workforce between now and 2023 due to automation and digitization.
Herzing’s business programs are constantly being updated to meet the changing demands of the industry and incorporate new fields of study. For example, to prepare students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly fast-paced and technology-driven business environment, we recently added a new degree in Project Management well as an MBA concentration in Data Analytics.
We also offer specialized concentrations in accounting, business management, human resources, marketing and entrepreneurship.
3. You’ll learn from experienced faculty
Most of our business faculty are working professionals in addition to being part-time educators. Not only do they have a depth of experience in their field, they are passionate about their work and invested in preparing students for success. Many of our students appreciate that their instructors can offer real-world examples and use their personal business experience to provide context for the concepts discussed in class.
4. You can save time and money through our dual-credit MBA program
An MBA program geared toward developing transformative communication, problem-solving, and other soft skills is often considered the next stepping stone on the career journey.
At Herzing, you can prepare for career advancement by getting a jumpstart on your MBA as you work toward your bachelor’s degree. Students who take part in our dual credit MBA program have the ability to take up to 12 graduate courses as an undergraduate, with the potential to complete more than a third of their MBA prior to graduation and save significant time and money on both degrees.
5. Many programs and concentrations prepare you for industry certifications
Earning an industry-recognized certification can help you gain a competitive advantage for specialized or advanced positions. Herzing’s business programs support a variety of industry certifications, from project management to human resources management.
Through some business courses, Herzing students can complete all of the requirements to earn recognized certifications in specific industry skills. For example, students in operations management can earn the Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and students in entrepreneurship can earn a certificate from the Kauffman Foundation.
Additionally, Herzing business graduates are prepared to sit for major certification exams such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.
6. You can get ahead by completing an internship
For the majority of hiring managers, a candidate’s relevant experience is an important factor in the hiring decision. Completing an internship in their desired field is one way that graduates can develop key skills needed for the workforce and gain valuable real-world experience in a corporate setting.
All of our business programs give students the option to complete either a capstone course or an internship. Internship courses do not have any additional fees, and some internships may be paid. Many of our students find both personal and professional benefits from completing an internship, including expanding their network and gaining a better understanding of their career goals.
7. You can earn academic badges to show off your soft skills
According to a survey from LinkedIn, 57% of senior leaders say soft skills are more important than hard skills. Some of the most in-demand soft skills for 2019 include teamwork, leadership, time management, and adaptability. It’s not always easy for new graduates to demonstrate they have these skills, however, especially if a potential employer is only glancing at a transcript or resume.
At Herzing, you’ll not only have the opportunity to develop essential soft skills throughout your program, you’ll also be able to earn academic badges that certify that you possess the abilities employers are looking for. These badges serve as a great resume-builders and differentiators for students and graduates beginning their job search.
8. Get help creating an ePortfolio
Additionally, Herzing’s business programs have been designed with our students’ career goals and job search in mind. Throughout the duration of their program, students will complete projects and assignments that can be further leveraged in an online portfolio. The e-portfolio supplements a student’s resume and allows them to showcase career or academic highlights, including examples of their best classwork, results from a previous job or internship, and industry certifications.
9. Herzing’s business programs are accredited and nationally-ranked
Business programs are evaluated and accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). This is an optional accreditation that universities pursue to demonstrate the quality of their course offerings. Herzing’s business programs are accredited by the IACBE, and our online MBA program has been listed as among the best MBA programs by U.S. News and World Report for six consecutive years.