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How to Best Leverage Your Associate’s Degree in Business?

Posted: November 1, 2016

Associate's Degree in Business

Once you attain your Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, you’ll have a foundation on which you can build your business career. But how are you going to leverage all you learned in your business administration program and let those hiring know all you know?

Follow these 3 steps and step onto the path to your new career.

Step 1

Highlight your relevant coursework. If you’re applying for a position as a bookkeeper but have never done bookkeeping for a business, make sure to put associated coursework right on your resume. Courses that taught you how to use Microsoft Excel or QuickBooks have real world application and help you stand out among job candidates. Make sure to include any certifications you attained, like becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist, or areas of particular expertise you may have.

Step 2

Build a professional portfolio from skills you learned in class. Did you learn how to create killer PowerPoint presentations while working toward your Associate’s Degree in Business? Create one and show it off! Use LinkedIn as a platform for your talents, highlighting the skills you’ve mastered. Or maybe you discovered that you had a knack for Marketing as you pursued your degree. Now it’s time to market yourself. Do so across social media –but make certain everything you put out there is something you’d be proud to call your personal brand.

Step 3

Demonstrate transferable skills. How can you put classroom theory to practical use? Whether you learned about Business Fundamentals or Project Management, consider the knowledge you can now  take into your career. But don’t just think lectures, textbooks, and projects. If there was a time you had to work in a group or step up and take a leadership role in your course, let others know. Problem solving, working with others, and leading a team, are all the kinds of transferable skills hiring managers look for in new employees.

If you want a career in business, but aren’t sure how to get started, consider beginning with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. At Career Quest Learning Centers, we’ll teach you business fundamentals and a whole lot more. And you can earn your degree in as little as 15 months. Do you want to learn more? Give us a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or Jackson at 877-365-8144 today.