Why study business?

A Business School degree gives you skills that will enable you to succeed in any situation in any area of your life, is an investment in your future, and the journey really is a lot of fun!

To get a top job at a great company or workplace, chances are you are going to need a university degree. It proves you know a bit in your chosen field, that you can commit yourself, can manage your time and are qualified to do the job.

Find out more about studying business in an undergraduate degree at the Business School including career opportunities, skills and our programmes.

13 great reasons to study business

Business and commerce relates to the buying and selling of goods, services and information - important exchanges in almost any area of life! As the world becomes more dependent on globalised trade and investment, though, the demand for well-trained businesspeople grows stronger.

Business is not all business though – at the University of Auckland Business School you can choose to study the business elements in a wide range of fields, from finance to marketing to information systems and you can combine your business studies with other areas of interest to you, such as engineering, law, arts and science.

We have 13 other good reasons for you to study business. Find out more about each of the business subjects you can study (we call them majors) and the career opportunities open to you at the following links below:

Accounting | Commercial Law | Economics | Finance | Information Management  |  Information Systems | Innovation and Entrepreneurship | International Business | Management | Marketing | Operations and Supply Chain Management | Taxation

To learn more about some of the common words we use at the Business School read our glossary of terms.

What skills will I learn?

As a graduate you will need a set of transferable skills to ensure your success. The skills and knowledge that you gain from your Business degree will give you an excellent foundation for many careers. These skills include:

  • Critical and creative thinking.
  • Research and analysis.
  • Communication.
  • Personal development.

Read more about how you can gain these skills below.

Employer surveys over the last decade have repeatedly reinforced the attractiveness of graduates with expertise in more than one area of business, with a particular emphasis on information technology/information management and general communication skills.

Critical and creative thinking

During your studies you will develop thinking skills and an enquiring mind. You will:

  • Analyse problems and evaluate solutions.
  • Use your judgment and make decisions.
  • Engage in reflective and creative thinking.

Research and analysis

You will be capable of recognising when information is needed and will have the capacity to locate, evaluate and use this information effectively through the use of:

  • Analytical and search skills.
  • Business models and frameworks.
  • Data analysis.
  • Information technologies.

Communication skills

All employers want graduates who are able to communicate knowledge, ideas, recommendations and decisions effectively.

You will:

  • Develop sound oral and written communication skills, including the ability to make professional presentations.
  • Develop coherent and justified arguments.
  • Strengthen interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work in teams.
  • Learn to effectively consult and negotiate.
  • Use contemporary communication technologies effectively.

Personal development

You will possess an understanding of values and attitudes consistent with your role as a
citizen and member of your professional community. You will have the capacity:

  • To identify and deal with ethical issues.
  • To interact effectively with and show sensitivity towards others.
  • To exercise leadership in local, national, global and professional communities.
  • To adapt to uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.