Following a morning of helpful, career-based information from the Anoka Chamber of Commerce and a variety of area business leaders, the panel presented backgrounds on their respective schools, including information requested on business majors and programs offered, how to seek admissions to these programs, and what graduates can expect in terms of career prospects.
Answering questions from the education panel, which also included representatives from the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, University of North Dakota, Anoka Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College, Erickson told the group that MSB offers a range of business emphases, including administration, human resources, finance, and marketing, among others.
Erickson noted that, in today’s job market, employers are seeking candidates with a combination of education, experience and proven technical (hard) and communications (soft) skills in order for them to build a brighter, more successful future. Career fields likely to see growth in the near term include accounting, personal finance, marketing, insurance, human resources, health care-related administrative, management and technical consulting services.
“A workforce statistic you should be aware of is that by 2018, a full 45 percent of all jobs will require at least an associate degree, and I’m sure this requirement will continue to grow for years to come,” Erickson added. “A further statistic recently reported that someone holding a degree is four times more likely to become employed than someone without one.”
Hamre told the gathering, “I really advise students to reach out for saving opportunities, such as scholarships, from outside sources to make their education more affordable for them.”
Interested students can reach an MSB-Blaine Admissions Representative for more information by calling 763-225-8000.
By Dave Erickson, Business Program Chair, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine