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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.

 
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Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience.

Administrative Services Managers
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Chief Executives
Compliance Managers
Construction Managers
Cost Estimators
Financial Managers, Branch or Department
General and Operations Managers
Human Resources Managers
Industrial Production Managers
Investment Fund Managers
Loss Prevention Managers
Management Analysts

Managers, All Other
Marketing Managers
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
Purchasing Managers
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Risk Management Specialists
Sales Managers
Security Managers
Social and Community Service Managers
Storage and Distribution Managers
Supply Chain Managers
Transportation Managers
Wind Energy Operations Managers
Wind Energy Project Managers

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:

Arts & Business Council of New York
Comptroller of the Currency
Congressional Management Foundation
Denali Commission
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
Office of Management and Budget
Sodexo
Walgreens

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 veterans, who 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 outstanding federal service members 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, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF. 

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 which 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.

Government Agencies and Organizations

Search Engines

AXA Advisors
ClearedJobs.Net
L-3
Reynolds & Reynolds
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT)

The American Finance Association (AFA)
Association of Management Consulting Firms
TheLadders.com
ManagerJobs.com
MBACareers.com
Society for Human Resource Management

 
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Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions

The American Economic Association
January 6-8, 2017
Chicago, Ill.

Association for Financial Professionals
October 23-26, 2016
Orlando, Fla.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Leadership Summit
May 12-15, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

Financial Executives International
May 22-24, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Financial Management Association International
October 19-22, 2016
Las Vegas, Nev.

Financial Managers Society-Finance and Accounting Forum
June 12-14, 2016
New Orleans, La.

Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2016
Toronto, Ontario

Organization Development Network
October 7-10, 2016
Atlanta, Ga.

Project Management Institute Global Congress
September 25-27, 2016
San Diego, Calif.

Society for Human Resource Management
June 19-22, 2016
Washington, D.C.

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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