Trying to dig a little deeper into Colorado State’s majors, just starting out in your major search, or want to see what it looks like to be a student in a certain major? Our “3 reasons” series is the perfect place to start. In each installment, we’re bringing you three standout reasons to choose a major, written by the people who work and teach in those majors every day.
Regardless of industry, all businesses have one thing in common: their goals are supported by a clear understanding of how money works.
That’s where you come in! Concentrating in finance as part of your business major will ensure you have the analytical skills necessary to help organizations move forward. From revamping product lines to be more sustainable to finding new revenue streams, pursuing growth, investing in socially responsible firms, you can play a pivotal role in the success of nearly any company.
#1. Gain relevant, hands-on experience.
There’s no match for real-world experience. Using the same Bloomberg terminals as professional traders, students in the Summit Fund work together to maintain a diverse portfolio, experiencing the thrills – and responsibilities – that come from managing roughly $500k in investments. But, the ability to put your skills to the test doesn’t stop there.
In addition to taking part in case competitions across the country, over 60% of finance students secure internships while completing their degrees. Your career search will be aided by the college’s dedicated Career Management Center, which offers unparalleled job-prep opportunities and brings hundreds of employers to the college every year who are seeking talented business students to join their organizations.
You’ll be confident that when you’re applying to jobs you’ll be putting your best foot forward.
#2. Choose from three finance disciplines.
Being a business major means having lots of options for meeting your career goals. Within the finance concentration, it also means honing your interests in three key areas of finance: Corporate Finance, which supports the goals of businesses; investment analysis, which uses money strategically to deliver returns, and real estate finance, which forecasts income for buildings and properties.
Each path provides a unique perspective, allowing for a more-focused career search. However, you’ll also take away a clear understanding of the broad, time-tested business and finance principles that have empowered thousands of students to follow their career interests and make use of adaptable skill sets.
#3. You’ll join a thriving, supportive community.
What does it mean to be a Biz Ram? It means that regardless of your concentration, you’ll never be alone. Faculty, staff and students are always there for one another, focused on the shared goal of using business for a better world. On graduation day, you’ll join an alumni network spanning the nation that’s more than 35,000 strong.