The management major declaration journey started from 25th of March and till the 9th of April. Management students are asking: “What major to declare?” and “What does the market needs those days?” In addition to the orientation session previously held, all students go and ask the professors, TAs, Dean, friends, seniors, and already graduated students. We all need the mess to end; and to be satisfied with our declared majors. We all have 10 different majors and fields to explore and in the end, we only get to choose 2 majors. Students often ask themselves: “Do we have to choose two majors that complement each other?” or “Do we have two different career paths?”. Those questions and much more are popping to our minds every single time we think about “Which majors to choose?”
I can remember every year when rumors come up that the “RM” is the worst course you will ever take: “YOU WILL FAIL!”, said most people. But to my surprise I found it easy and I got a good grade like a hero. Later, they told be that the “QQ” is the worst course ever, and again: “YOU WILL FAIL!”, and now I’m taking it and it is not a disaster either. People love to freak everyone out: like advising all the newcomers and the high school visits not to join the GUC. So, the next time someone tells me this major is the worst major, or the worst thing to take, I won’t listen. So, I’ll choose my majors with the advice of people with experience only, and I don’t care if this is the worst major or not. I CAN DO IT! WE ALL CAN DO IT!
- Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
- Information System
- International Business
- Strategic Management
And we have to bear in mind that there are majors that have conflicting exams! Examples include marketing and operations or accounting, international business and innovation or economics, human resources, information system and strategic management. We have to bear in mind also that the first major choosing depends mainly on the GPA if the number of applicants exceeded the maximum level. In the first major we write a seminar and a thesis; but in the second major we only write a seminar. Each major include five courses; and the thesis takes eight weeks.
The orientation helped some people settle down but forced others to have more questions. We went on to ask professors, TAs, graduate students, and senior students to help us in our career path decision.
We first interviewed senior students, and found that the motives to join the different majors, as for our seniors, can be summarized to:
- “It’s my area of interest; and it’s something I believe controls the world today.”-Habeeba Khattab about the major of Economics.
- “Multinationals are the ones controlling the economy.”-Habeeba Khattab about the major of International Business.
- “Because it’s a fundamental major.”-Ahmed Soliman about the major of Accounting.
- “Operations major is new and unique in the Egyptian market.”-Ahmed Soliman about the major of Operations.
- “It will help me understand the world around me, the labor force, and the market. You will learn what the labor force is all about and know the strengths and weaknesses, and work on to be part of the develop.”-Sarah Yehia about the majors of Economics and HR.
As for the decision whether to pick complementary and different majors, we found that there was no definitive answer which to choose. Our doctors and TA’s gave us their input on this regard. One reason to pick complementary majors is that they are more valuable and students who want to diversify can do a master with a third major later on. It gives the opportunity of a one strong area, and adds a better value. In addition it builds expertise because knowing everything about one thing is better than the scattered information. But also, you can pick different majors; as they open more career paths. In addition if you are still undecided about your career then you can take two different majors.
The seniors are advising you to major in those majors “If you are ______”:
- Economics: if you want to control the world and have a better mindset. Moreover; if you feel passionate about it, and feel it is an added value. In addition to being able to deal with numbers and statistics.
- International Business: if you want to work in multinationals; and you want to go globally.
- Finance: if you will love it and will be happy while working in it. And if you have the passion for it. In addition to loving numbers, understanding it, and analyzing them; and you want to gain quantitative and analytical skills.
- Strategic Management: if you like to read and analyze information. And if it will add something to your career.
- Accounting: if you are passionate about the basic calculations such as adding and subtracting numbers and you have the ability to deal with a flow of numbers and you are interested in costs and profits.
- Information System: If you love technology, and love doing something different.
- Human Resources: If you want to know your demands and rights as an employee not only; but also you will be able to know how to develop as an employee.
In addition the professors and TAs assured us that the market needs everything and no major is more preferable than others; all majors are demanded equally. But at the same time, the market values strategic management with marketing, HR, finance, innovation, or operations the most. “The market now focuses more on operations, HR, and innovation,” according to Dina Youssri, an Economics TA. And according to Lobna Samir, an Information System TA, “Business Informatics and Information System are more demanded because firms got automated.”
Moreover, here are the career opportunities for some majors:
- Accounting and finance: in banks and financial companies, insurance companies, stock firms, and brokerage firms
- Strategic Management: analytical tools for the market, industry analysis, firm competitive analysis, strategy formulation and innovation, and decision making; and consultancy firms
- Economics: central bank, banks, investment ministry, companies, United Nations, and world bank.
- Information System: project management, analyst, and information auditor.
We know that the decision is still difficult, but we hope we made it a little bit easier for you.
For the ones who’ve already decided, what majors did you pick and why? Share with us in the comments section.