What can I do with a degree in Management?

Sam Whitelock, Management graduate

Management covers marketing, organisational leadership and development (including human resource management), strategic management and international business. It draws on other disciplines including Psychology, Media and Communication, Sociology, Economics and Statistics. The ideas and practices from these disciplines are applied to the understanding and management of commercial and public sector organisations.

By majoring in Management, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferable to a range of careers. These skills include:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Research design and data collection
  • Problem solving
  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Analytical thinking
  • How to direct, encourage and organise people.

Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom are available in this major through internships and international study tours. These experiences deepen your skillset, awareness of others, working knowledge, and employability.

Management graduates are employed in a vast range of organisations and sectors. Recent UC graduates have been employed in:

  • Banking eg, ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Finance eg, Visa Europe, Wynyard Group, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Technology eg, Apple, Hewlett Packard
  • Entertainment and media eg, Sony Computer Entertainment, Haymarket Publishing
  • Telecommunications eg, Telstra, Vodafone, TalkTalk
  • HR and recruitment eg, Michael Page International, Adecco New Zealand
  • Tourism eg, Tourism New Zealand, Intrepid Travel, Cathay New Zealand, Flight Centre
  • Agribusiness eg, Fonterra, DairyNZ
  • Education eg, universities, polytechnics
  • Manufacturing and retail eg, Toyota, Kraft, Cookie Time, William Grant & Sons
  • Transport and logistics eg, Mainfreight, Europcar
  • Professional services eg, KPMG, 180 Degrees Consulting
  • Healthcare and insurance eg, BUPA, AMI
  • Associations eg, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Leadership Development Centre
  • Government eg, New Zealand Defence Force, Department of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Environment Canterbury.

UC Management graduates are employed in many countries around the world such as Australia, UK, Bahrain, China, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.

Management graduates have many career options. These are often influenced by area of specialisation eg, Human Resources or Strategy. Many graduates start in one role and work their way up the corporate ladder. Some start their own business.

Note: Some of the jobs listed may require postgraduate study. See the ‘Further study’ section.

What job titles do Management graduates have?

  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Analyst
  • Associate
  • Advisor
  • Consultant
  • Owner
  • Director
  • President
  • Partner
  • General manager
  • Team leader
  • Supervisor
  • Project manager
  • Commercial manager
  • Brand manager
  • Digital marketer
  • Marketing manager / specialist / officer / assistant
  • Public relations / communications executive
  • Sales manager / assistant
  • Retail manager
  • Human resources manager / officer / assistant
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Operations manager
  • Logistics officer
  • Financial manager
  • Investment advisor
  • International trader
  • Accountant
  • Accounts clerk
  • Business administrator
  • Lecturer
  • Research analyst / advisor / assistant
  • Teacher
  • Insurance advisor
  • Customer service representative

What activities could be part of these jobs?

In general, managers oversee the effective use of resources and take responsibility for certain aspects or overall operation of an organisation. Activities may include planning, budgeting, supervising, organising, advising, implementing, researching, analysing, problem solving, and initiating ideas. For specific job profiles go to www.careers.govt.nz or www.prospects.ac.uk

Can I use my skills to work for myself?

Entrepreneurship and innovation are an increasing part of the working landscape. Students and graduates can:

  • Develop an idea to form their own business
  • Get involved in a start-up
  • Offer their services as a consultant

Get started with Entrepreneurship here.

As they progress in their studies and into a career, students and graduates often join professional bodies or organisations relevant to their area of interest. These organisations can provide regular communications and offer the opportunity to network with others within the same community.

Social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues to keep up-to-date with industry knowledge, networking opportunities, events and job vacancies.

Learn from our students' experiences

For more information

see the Management subject page