Pathway: Business, Finance, and Data Science

Join a community of students interested in solving problems and generating value in the world of commerce. 

Learn more about the Pathway Leadership Team members for this pathway - key advisors and supporters who inform how we prepare students for success and give them access to the best internships, jobs, and graduate/professional schools.

Interested in joining the Business, Finance, and Data Science Career Pathway? Sign up today!

With so many areas of study that can prepare you for a career in business, how will you decide? Consider the content knowledge, skills, and qualities you want to develop, then choose courses to support your interests and expand your knowledge.

Below are majors to start exploring in support of this pathway. Don’t be afraid to look beyond this list to develop your personal academic plan.

Next Steps

You’ll find the resources you need here to get started with exploring your interest in business and finance – from related student organizations to helpful career resources.

Your career advisor can help you with everything from considering major/career options to making action plans to get what you want. Make an appointment on Handshake or stop by Express Advising to start discussing your goals.

Every other Tuesday during the academic year, you will receive messages about specific jobs and internships as well as upcoming events in your Career Pathway Newsletters - check them out!

What can you do right now? 

Research industries and the functional areas of businesses to identify where you want to make your mark. 


Learn about activities through the event tab of this site and explore the city with the Center for Chicago Programs

Find professional associations and interesting people on social media by searching keywords.

Research trends and norms of the industry or jobs you are considering.

Browse Lake Forest College’s subscription to Firsthand (formerly Vault) for articles and downloadable books. Popular guides for this pathway include:

Firsthand is known nationally for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs. 

Browse jobs and internships.

Jot down some notes about what stands out – the company, the responsibilities, the location, etc. and share your notes with your career advisor. Start with Lake Forest’s private career portal, Handshake.  Look at position descriptions as closely as company information - you may find an interesting company worthy of more research.

Considering a career in insurance? Check out MyPath for internship and job opportunities in the insurance industry.

Create a way to organize your exploration and professional development activities.

Keeping track of the things you’ve done, want to do, and the stuff that gives you inspiration is a great way to always have a a next step, to find patterns amongst interests, and to keep track of your progress. Start your master activity list or update your resume using our resume building resources.