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Are you someone who wants the very best out of a product or service?

Whether you enjoy working with numbers through calculations and forecasts, prefer to persuade others toward a specific goal, or have a natural acumen for identifying successful innovations, careers in Business + Entrepreneurship offer ample opportunities for the savvy student. 

As the backbone of economic activity, people who pursue Business + Entrepreneurship are often driven to increase efficiency and profitability through roles such as finance, accounting, management, sales, real estate, operations, logistics, actuarial science, and quantitative analysis to predict future business models. Learn how you can jump-start your career in Business + Entrepreneurship and reach your highest potential.

 

 

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Jo Ann Villanueva-Salvador

Jo Ann Villanueva-Salvador

Associate Director, Career Education

Business + Entrepreneurship

How I Can Help

If you are considering a future in business, I can help you narrow down options and leverage resources to your advantage. From my experience as a bookkeeper and advertising account coordinator, I understand the value of a detail-oriented, analytical, and savvy skill set for the various roles within a successful business.

Whether you need to write results-oriented documents, articulate what you have to offer in an interview, or navigate the subtleties of networking, I will guide you on marketing yourself within a competitive environment.

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Gain Experience: Business + Entrepreneurship

For complete information on internships, student jobs, research opportunities, extracurriculars, and more, review our starter tips to Gain Experience in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Overview

When building experience in occupational areas within Business + Entrepreneurship, it is useful to consider which skills are most useful to obtain. To do this most strategically, be sure to Read Job Descriptions of the full-time positions you seek to prepare for, and look for qualifications that are needed outside of your academics. Because many roles involve applied skills, we recommend looking for specific experiences that move your career forward.

 

Types of Experience

Click below to see some suggestions of how to gain experience for careers in Business + Entrepreneurship.

Gaining experience through campus organizations provides you with a community of students who share similar interests and goals. You can also seek out leadership opportunities to showcase your skills and develop them further. 

Here are some campus organizations related to Business + Entrepreneurship to consider joining: 

Gaining leadership experience while at UCSB is an excellent way to build your resume and qualifications, especially if you are interested in working in the business sector. Whether you assume a leadership position within a student organization or engage in programs such as the Leadership Development program offered through the Office of Student Life, demonstrating initiative and willingness to effectively lead a team is a positive attribute to highlight to a future employer.

UCSB’s Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers countless opportunities to study abroad. Additionally, it presents an opportunity to attend classes that may not be available at UCSB and incorporate new perspectives into your education.

Enrolling in coursework at reputable institutions that are well-regarded by employers can strengthen your qualifications. An example of this is the London School of Economics, which can expose you to relevant trending areas ranging from international business, international finance, social entrepreneurship, global entrepreneurship, corporate finance, business negotiation, innovation, and e-business, thus enhancing your global business acumen.

The Santa Barbara Career Skills Institute works to enhance your business perspective through offering certificates such as Emerging Leaders, Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Management Tool Box and Sales Techniques. Obtaining these certificates, or similar ones, increase your qualifications at any point in your career, and these programs are more affordable and less time-intensive than master’s programs. 

One of the more popular programs to consider is the Technology Management Program (TMP) offered through UCSB’s Professional and Continuing Education. Here, students gain an understanding of what it takes to start-up, grow, and operate technology-driven companies and receive direct access to experienced professionals who are familiar with starting new business ventures. Since 1999, the New Venture Competition is a unique aspect of the TMP which provides students a team-oriented approach to learn how to start a business. 

UCSB’s Professional and Continuing Education offers additional certificate programs to enhance your experience in Business + Entrepreneurship, including Business Administration, Business Communication and Law, Global Business, and Strategic Investments. Please note that Professional and Continuing Education offers the option of taking and paying for individual courses or complete certificates. See each program for costs.

The Santa Barbara area hosts many local opportunities to connect with professionals and gain additional experience in business. 

Here are a few opportunities to help you get started:

  • Women’s Economic Ventures: Opportunity for women to participate in different types of business training programs in order to help launch and establish their own business.
  • Economic Forecast Project: Established in 1981 through UCSB’s Department of Economics and provides the community with information regarding economic, demographic, real estate, and regional business trends within the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura County areas.
  • Goleta Chamber of Commerce: Offers volunteer opportunities as a useful way to connect with small businesses in the local community.

In all industries, gaining hands-on experience through internships and part-time positions makes you a more competitive candidate for full-time roles. Search Handshake and additional job search websites with keywords using specific areas of business that interest you. Match the skills you already have with the job description, and review the skills that you will be gaining. Each new experience is a great addition to your resume to showcase your skills and help determine your future career goals! 

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