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How to Get Out of Your Entry Level Job

It can be easy to get stuck in your entry level job for a number of reasons — a lack of education, training or skills can hold you back. A lack of confidence in the development of your skills can also lead to this rut. However, a viable solution to this problem can be earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

How Can a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Advance Your Career?

When you have hit a brick wall in your job, pursuing a degree in business administration can give you the confidence and skills to handle a more advanced job. Through a degree in business administration with Arkansas State University, you can take online and accelerated courses. With six convenient start dates for this online program, you can easily work and earn credit hours at the same time.

Classes that cover finance, management, accounting and marketing can provide you with the skills necessary to move up to a leadership role, with more advanced responsibilities and tasks.

How Else Can I Advance My Career? 

Along with earning a degree in business administration, there are several other approaches you can use to advance your career. The competencies you gain from your coursework can be combined with other career advancement habits to get a promotion where you currently work, or even to move to a more advanced position elsewhere. Here are just a few habits that will help you move up the ladder.

Taking on additional tasks. Taking on additional roles and responsibilities at your job shows your employer that you are motivated, loyal and versatile. Motivation shows that you are willing to meet any obstacle that comes your way, as new ones can arise with a higher-level position. Loyalty shows that you want to move up in the company — that you care about the organization you work for. And finally, versatility means that you can take on a more flexible, multi-tasked and advanced workload. 

Taking career development risks. Taking risks this way means not wasting time hoping for the best or waiting for acknowledgement for your hard work. Instead, it means going for what you want, putting yourself out there, and seizing your own career path. 

Networking with others. Connections with the right people can be essential to advancing your career. This works for moving up within your own company as well as getting a job somewhere new. Not only can creating a professional network help you advance your career, it can also help you find people who are willing to serve as a sounding board for your ideas. 

Setting goals for yourself. These goals need to be specific and achievable. The people surrounding you should have similar goals. This shared desire for success can motivate you to work more creatively and innovatively. Use the RUMBA method to ensure your goal is achievable: is it Reasonable, Understandable, Measurable, Behavioral, and Agreed Upon. Goals based on the RUMBA method give you a greater chance for success and show your superiors the value of your work. 

Earning a BSBA is just the first step to taking your career where you want it to go.

Learn more about A-State’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.


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