Education for Becoming a Well-Rounded Business Person

The world is changing rapidly and information becomes obsolete the moment it is published.

What was required a decade ago to become a well-rounded business person, might be different from today.

When I started to study, I had no idea about university programmes and rankings.

My only wish was to master business.

Whereas I do not regret my decisions, I advice prospective students a different path to become a well-rounded business person.

For your undergraduate programme, I suggest to study Fine Art or Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford or Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, or Political Economy at King’s College London, University of London.

These programmes will teach you critical thinking skills and give you a broad overview over a breadth of fields and subjects, especially in philosophy and politics.

If you can, include an internship and a semester abroad into your undergraduate programme.

The more you travel and meet people from different backgrounds, work-places, and countries, the more you will develop an international, open-minded, and tolerant mindset, which is of key importance.

After your bachelor’s degree, you should embark on a master’s programme that teaches business and management skills.

Programme rankings in management often depend on the salaries of the graduated students.

Currently, the highest salaries are paid in the financial industry and therefore, financial-intensive programmes rank generally higher.

But I believe that a more balanced approach might become more adequate to satisfy the work-place requirements of the future and therefore, I suggest to study a management programme that focuses less on teaching finance and more on general business and management.

For your postgraduate programme, I suggest to study International Management at King’s College London, University of London, Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, or Management at the University of Cambridge.

These are great programmes if one is interested in managerial positions within corporations, family-owned businesses, and startups as they are less related to finance and more on operation, organisation, and strategy.

Alternatively, after your undergraduate degree you could also first accumulate work experience and then embark on an MBA, which is a Master in Business Administration and requires work experience for being admitted.

For this, I suggest to check out Harvard University or Stanford University.

Their programme curriculums are very similar and aim to build your general management knowledge.

For example, they offer modules in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Leadership, Managerial Economics, Marketing, Operations, Organisational Behaviour, Political Economics, Public Management, and Strategic Management.

If you are interested in consulting or investment banking, I suggest to study International Management at Imperial College London, Management at the London Business School, University of London, or Management at University College London, University of London.

These programmes are more finance-intensive than the previous ones.

Furthermore, to supplement your learning, add extra-curricular activities to your curriculum vitae and read contemporary business books to gain the current jargon of the industry.

But do not stop there.

To become a well-rounded business person you should also learn subjects from other fields that help you to understand the business environment and human nature.

If you study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford and then International Management at King’s College London, then you could take a short-course or attend a summer school to study psychology.

For example, check out the short-course in Psychology: An Introduction by the University of Oxford.

Knowledge in philosophy and psychology will help you to understand yourself and develop people skills.

Modules in economy and politics will help you to understand how the macro environment works and modules in general business and management will help you to operate effectively and efficiently in the micro environment.

Do this and you will be excellently equipped to achieve whatever you want, especially if you possess a growth mindset, a strong sense of commitment, discipline, and a sense of purpose.

If you want a short-cut, you could also just take the undergraduate programme in International Management by King’s College London, which aims to offer a balanced approach to studying management and gives the freedom to explore your interests.

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