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Careers in Management

The management degree program seeks to expand students’ academic and professional development by providing practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to become effective managers in the global environment. The program is designed to focus on the interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to assess and evaluate management practices from a wide variety of organizational perspectives. The program encompasses a wide range of programs from human resources to real estate studies, all of which prepare students to pursue career opportunities in management and management-related fields such as government or business, and serves as a background for further graduate study.

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Useful Skills within the Management Field
  • Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Helping - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Reading Comprehension - The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Speaking - Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Writing and Authoring - Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
  • Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
Career Options
Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. Below are a few examples of organizations that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate management students:

In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are government-organized internship programs that provide students the opportunity to gain experience while attending school. Many require students to maintain either half-time or full-time status. The best way to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search USAJobs.gov, or to look at the agency's career portal. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.

Pathways

The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in Management. The below list provides a few example places one might find employment using their degree.

Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media

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  • American Academy of Project Management (AAPM) - LinkedIn
  • American Management Association (AMA) - LinkedIn
  • American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM) – LinkedIn
  • Financial Management Association International (FMA) – LinkedIn
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) - LinkedIn
  • Project Manager Networking Group - LinkedIn
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – LinkedIn
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