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Back to School Inspiration for Biz Ed Students

August 30th, 2017 Mike Gecawich

What is the most dreaded question you can hear from your students?

Why do we have to learn this?

Sometimes teaching students skills and content can seem like an uphill battle. Especially if students don’t see the value in what they’re learning.

This year, we propose nipping the question in the bud by showing your students the importance of business education up front.

If you can help students see the value in the skills they’re learning and how these skills will help them in their future, students will be much more likely to put in the work without complaining.

Read on for a fun way to invest students early on in business education.

Investing Students in Business Education

When it comes to investing students in business education it’s often best to think backward.

What is the end goal of studying business? It’s not to pass a quiz at the end of the week, but instead to learn the skills needed to work in business someday.

Get students excited about Biz Ed by helping them visualize and learn about the different types of careers they’ll encounter in the professional world.

As students figure out just what sort of business is most interesting to them, they’ll be more invested in doing the leg work it’s going to take to get them there.

Below is a list of common business careers that students might choose to pursue along with salary info for each job. Consider sharing these and others with your students at the start of the year to get them pumped about diving into business education.

Even better, you could turn this list into a full lesson by having students calculate the total income for each career over the course of a lifetime. (With a spreadsheet!)

Business Education Careers

Accountant
Median Salary $67,190

Accountants tend to get a bad reputation for doing dull work and having little personality. Nothing could be further from the truth! Accounting involves more than just adding up budgets. Accountants often solve problems and improve on systems to help manage finances for individuals or corporations. This is one career where paying attention to details is key.

Financial Advisor
Median Salary $89,160

Think that all number crunching jobs involve poring over spreadsheets by yourself? Not for financial advisors. This is the perfect job for the financially savvy people person. Sure, there are plenty of spreadsheets involved, but financial advisors are really counselors for their clients, helping them make sound monetary decisions. This is a great way to help others through business.

Actuary
Median Salary $97,070

Are you quick to place a bet with friends and often come out winning? If you’ve got a knack for taking educated risks, you might consider actuarial work. Actuaries use data and statistics make predictions about financial risk. With median salary just shy of six figures, being an actuary is an incredibly lucrative profession.

Statistician
Median Salary $80,110

U.S. News ranks this as the #1 business job, and a good option for the mathematically inclined. Statisticians use data to make decisions, and the practice can be applied to any number of fields from retail to hospitality. In addition to a high starting salary, statisticians are also in high demand with thousands of jobs available.

Entrepreneur
Median Salary $171,610

What could be better than being your own boss? Entrepreneurs make their own rules and set their own schedule. Whether running a small business or designing a new app, entrepreneurs have a flair for creativity and the ability to hustle. While there are plenty of entrepreneurs who don’t make it big, for those who do the payoff can be substantial. Don’t let the perks fool you, though. Running your own business takes A LOT of work and problem-solving skills.

This is just the start when it comes to business careers that might interest students. By helping students visualize the jobs that await them when if they work hard and persevere, you’re much less likely to be faced with the dreaded “why are we learning this” question.

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