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Careers by Option

Click on the options below to read perspectives from alumni, professors and current students on why they like their option and what types of careers Foster students can have when they graduate. Also, get insight on what companies hire particular options! A list of jobs and internships can be found on Husky Jobs.

AccountingEntrepreneurshipFinanceHuman ResourcesInformation SystemsMarketingOperations and Supply Chain

Accounting

What is Accounting?

Often referred to as the language of business, accounting is the development of the financial information necessary for management decisions in both the private and public sectors. Accounting communicates this information to management, investors, creditors, financial intermediaries, consumers, and employees. In addition to preparing financial statements and recording business transactions, accounting also includes computing costs and efficiency, participating in mergers and acquisitions, overseeing quality management, and more. Apart from more technical aspects, accounting helps develop skills applicable to any line of business, such as critical and strategic thinking, problem solving, and decision-making abilities.

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Entrepreneurship

What is Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship can be defined and examined in several different ways. Formally, it can be defined as the capacity and willingness to undertake conception, organization, and management of a productive venture with all attendant risks, while seeking profit as a reward . The entrepreneur is then a person who sees an opportunity and acts upon it. Entrepreneurs are leaders who are creative and innovative, ambitious and driven, but at the same time are dynamic and energetic.

The entrepreneurship option prepares students for an entrepreneurial career by offering a combination of coursework and practical experience. The required coursework lays out the fundamentals of entrepreneurship including the necessary tools and perspectives in strategy, marketing, and finance.

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Finance

What is Finance?

Finance is a broad ‘industry’ and encompasses many different career paths. Your finance curriculum will provide you with fundamental financial management tools to succeed in analyzing and executing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. You’ll make use of your mathematical skills and ability to take your organization’s or client’s goals, resources and options into consideration while making your suggestions for their continued financial growth. The opportunities with a finance degree span many areas including corporate and international financial management, personal financial planning and investment services. Brokerage firms, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and other financial intermediary companies employ finance graduates.

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Human Resources

What is Human Resources?

Human Resource Management encompasses a variety of areas dealing with how an organization sources, grows, and retains its employee workforce. Human Resources is a critical business function in both non-profit and for-profit companies. Talented individuals that have high people, leadership, creativity, and communication skills would do well with a career in Human Resources.

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Information Systems

What is Information Systems?

Information Systems (IS) deals with the use of information technologies in businesses and organizations. Organizations will thrive only if they effectively make use of, design, and implement information systems to meet the organization’s tactical and strategic needs. Successfully managing the development and use of information systems presents a difficult challenge, given the rapid pace of technological change. IS specialists must possess a thorough understanding of the technology and the knowledge to use that technology to support core business functions.

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Marketing

What is Marketing?

Marketing connects a company with its customers, suppliers, distributors, and community. Marketing consists of conducting analyses of customers and competitors, designing focused marketing strategies, and developing marketing programs and performance measures. The field integrates the understanding of economics, sociology, psychology, and statistics to develop marketing systems and processes, and applies this knowledge to specific marketing management problems. An estimated one-quarter of the workforce is employed in marketing, making the general field of marketing one of the largest areas of employment opportunity in business today. Students completing the Marketing Option have the essential knowledge for a variety of positions in areas related to the movement of goods and services from producer to consumer.

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Operations and Supply Chain Management

What is Operations and Supply Chain Management?

Operations Management is a business field dedicated to designing, overseeing, and controlling the production processes of goods and services offered by a company. It involves ensuring that both large and small scale operations are efficient and effective. Operations Management is mainly concerned with carrying out tactical decisions regarding development, production, and manufacturing, while also making sure these decisions reinforce company values.

The importance of the Operations and Supply Chain Management field has become more apparent in recent decades. Many companies derive competitive advantage from their operations systems: Dell through its direct-to-consumer model; Amazon.com through its unique distribution system; Toyota and Boeing through lean operations and Just-in-Time concept; and Costco through an efficient logistics network. Most companies now agree that world-class performance in operations and supply chain management is essential for their competitive success. The demand for these skills will grow as firms continue to recognize that they compete not only with new products, good marketing, and skillful finance, but also with unique competence in operations and supply chain management.

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Career Research and City Profiles

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Career research

Access these popular career websites to learn more about industries, careers and companies. The Vault and Puget Sound Book of Lists are UW restricted and requires your UW login.

  • Vault: provides information and guides for over 3,000 companies, 40 industries, and over fifty career paths, including over ninety career guides, as well as employer profiles, articles, and advice on careers, resumes, and cover letters; and more.
  • Puget Sound Book of Lists (Business Journal): Who’s Who of Puget Sound. Full text of the Puget Sound Business Journal and the Book of Lists. Also includes full access to 40 other weeklies that are a part of the American City Business Journals Family.
  • Glassdoor An Inside look to jobs and companies, including interview questions (by company) and average salary information.

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