Career opportunities related to the Management and Leadership concentration and minor are varied. These programs develop leaders and general managers who effectively lead and manage individuals, teams, and organizations. The following are examples of possible career tracks.
Management consultants assess business problems and offer advisory services to organizations. Some consulting firms specialize in functional areas such as strategy, information technology, human resources, finance, marketing, and operations, whereas others offer industry expertise. Some larger corporations have dedicated internal consulting business units to work on corporate strategy and business development issues. Consulting work can consist of writing project proposals and pitching them to prospective clients, conducting research and analysis, presenting findings and recommendations to clients, and implementing recommended strategies and solutions.
A general manager coordinates all aspects of a company’s operations. In larger organizations, the general manager executes production plans and develops functional plans that are consistent across departments. The overall goals of a general manager are to ensure that the company meets operational goals set by the management team and that actual performance aligns with expectations. Specific duties of a general manager will vary across different companies and industries.
Functional managers oversee and coordinate the operations of a specific functional area, such as marketing, production, logistics, or human resources. They plan and direct the day-to-day operations of the department. Functional managers are also responsible for achieving the financial goals established for the business unit. They may hire, train, and develop the employees in their department.
Nonprofit managers make various operational and business decisions essential to running a nonprofit organization. They develop and implement organizational strategies to support the mission of the organization. The responsibilities of a nonprofit manager vary based on the size of the nonprofit and include various functions, such as human resources, general administration, financial management, and management of volunteers. Managers may also be in charge of grant writing and fundraising initiatives.
The responsibilities of an HR generalist include all aspects of human resource management relating to the employer/employee relationship. The HR generalist manages the overall operations of the Human Resource department and oversees the administration of policies, procedures, and programs. HR professionals handle a wide range of activities, including hiring and retaining employees, overseeing organizational structure, implementing training, managing compensation and benefit plans, and advising management on legal issues such as employee safety.
Recruiters attract and hire new employees. They work closely with managers to determine employment needs and understand qualifications essential to fill open positions. Recruiters seek potential candidates by posting job listings, attending career fairs, and running on-campus information sessions. Other responsibilities include screening resumes, conducting interviews, and checking applicant references. Once a job offer has been made, recruiters communicate with prospective employees regarding company policies, wages, and benefit packages.
Employee relations managers oversee employee rights and promote employee welfare. They communicate available compensation and benefit programs and explain various medical, insurance, retirement, and savings plans options. These managers gather information about employees’ attitudes toward the work environment and meet with workers to discuss factors affecting morale, motivation, and effectiveness. HR professionals also handle conflicts and complaints. When dealing with employee disputes, the HR professional may act as a mediator between managers and employees or as an employee advocate, depending on the nature of the issue.
Organization development consultants specialize in organizational and reporting structures, compared to corporate trainers who focus on developing employees and growing talent. The consultants identify and recommend ways to improve performance through restructuring or clarifying employees' roles. After an initial assessment, they help clients plan and institute policies that enable the organization to overcome inefficiencies and adapt to new challenges. To facilitate change, companies often hire organizational development consultants when going through a merger or acquisition.
Students who specialize in taking ethics, corporate social responsibility, or policy relatedcourses can seek careers as ethics officers or public policy analysts. For example, they can assume positions as political risk analysts or social program development specialists in both public and private sector organizations. Students who specialize in courses that also have an international focus can pursue career opportunities in humanitarian assistance or human rights protection. They can work as lobbyists and social forecasters for private NGO’s or other local humanitarian organizations. They can also engage in the project management side of humanitarian and relief efforts.
“The courses provide you with the skill and appropriate mindset to be an effective leader and to identify other effective leaders. Most BC students will fill a leadership role at some point in their career, regardless of their field, and this material can only be their advantage.”
“I was so grateful to be accepted into this minor program, and every company I've applied to for a job is impressed with the experience and knowledge I've acquired through these classes. This program will benefit me in my career for the rest of my life.”
“I do expect it to give me skills and tools to effectively lead and apply my knowledge to interviews and leadership in any field I choose. So far, I've talked most about my Management and Leadership courses in my interviews, and the knowledge and skills I've learned in those courses helped me secure a position.”
“This minor will help me understand ways in which I can improve my teamwork skills. The classes that I have been able to take have also provided me with insight into the global marketplace that my major in MCAS would not have.”
“I think this minor has been one of the greatest and most pragmatic academic initiatives that has been developed. I have heard from students that it is in such a high demand, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to complete it in my time here.”
“I think that the minor makes me a more marketable job candidate because the skills are very essential to have in the workplace when leading or working with teams and getting jobs done efficiently.”
“It's an important knowledge and skill set that will help me in any career, including a legal career. I think I am a better leader because of it and have more knowledge of how businesses work, which is just an important thing everyone should have.”
“It will help me to be a successful and knowledgeable manager in a company and perhaps run my own organization as well.”
“I hope that these courses will help me in my life in Big Four Accounting as leadership is critical to advancement.”