So many of my friends have children heading off to university this week, and of course, another lot have children who have just started in year 13 and are wondering what courses and universities to choose.

New students starting at university

It’s got me thinking about my own degree choice – a BSc in International Business and French from Aston University – whether it was useful to my career, and what use it has been to me now that I run my own business from home.

Many people who have only met me since I became a mum and a blogger have no idea that my career was in accountancy, and that I climbed the ranks over the course of 13 years in the workplace until I had my final role as a Finance Director.  It’s clear that my degree choice made me ideally suited for that career, but does it make me a bit overqualified for the work I do now and for being a small-scale entrepreneur?

To be honest, although it’s perfectly possible to start a small business without a degree, I’m amazed at how much I do use the concepts and ideas that I learned in university.  I also think that the whole experience of going off to uni and studying for four years made me a more well-rounded and confident individual.

If you have a young person who is considering what they want to do in life, or if you are considering adding an extra qualification to your CV, then a business qualification such as an MSc business management is a really good place to start. Studying the subject online means that you can do it at the same time as an existing job or business if you don’t want to commit to full time university study.

Here are three good reasons why I am glad I studied business studies as part of my degree.

You learn new concepts and how to apply them

Although the whole area of digital marketing didn’t even exist when I was at university, the concept of marketing certainly did.  I’m online that I had some grounding in the idea of preparing a product or service for the market, pricing it, choosing a target market and advertising appropriately.

These are skills which I had no need of in my accountancy career, but which have made promoting my blog and my Virtual Assistant services ten times easier.

I’m pleased to have some basic accounting and bookeeping skills – the stuff I use in my business now to keep my accounintg records and do my tax returns are skills that I learned in university before I did my specialist accounting qualifications.

I also like the fact that I have some knowledge of how the law works in the UK – what a contract is and when and why you need one for instance.

It teaches you confidence

A lot of us can struggle a little bit with our confidence in life and a lot of the stress we have in business can come from a lack of confidence in our abilities and the fear of failure.

This is particularly true of small business owners – when you work from home it is easy to become despondent if things don’t work out the way you planned, and sometimes difficult to sit back and see the big picture and figure out what to do next.

When you take a management course you learn how to be a confident individual and how to be a leader. You will build a sense of self esteem which you can carry through with you throughout the rest of your career.

It can teach you how to take initiative

Jobs can be difficult to get used to when you become an adult and a lot of the time we have to rely on the guidance and specific rules set out for us by the people who we work for.

However, if you ever want to start up your own business or move to the top of the career chain, you will need to take initiative and be able to decide what to do without being instructed by others. You need to be able to come up with plans and ideas, delegate tasks and make things happen to further the success of a business, and management training can do this for you.

A degree in management can give you confidence and poise

So, all in all, I’m really glad that I chose a business degree, and i’m also glad that I chose Aston University, which is a world leader in management studies.  My degree has been invaluable, both in my career and in the work I’m doing now, and it defintiely helped define my personality and my outlook on life.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x