What can I do with a degree in International Business?

What skills have our graduates gained?

Through their International Business degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferrable to a range of careers, including:

  • A global perspective
  • Effective communication with customers and suppliers in different countries
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Research design and data collection skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Logical and quantitative thinking
  • Business problem solving across sectors, industries and national boundaries
  • Working effectively in multicultural groups
  • A broad and diverse business approach.

Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom through work and other experiences also exist and can deepen your skills set and employability. Work and other experiences can also support and inform learning and skill development in the classroom.

Where have our graduates been employed?

Graduates will have completed coursework covering financial accounting, marketing, microeconomics and international management. They will have specialised knowledge and an understanding of the international business environment. Graduates advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in international business will prepare them well for higher-level employment opportunities or for entry into advanced research degrees.

Frequent employers include government departments, banks, import/export corporations, multinational manufacturers, consulting firms, economic government departments, international non-governmental organisations, development agencies, electronics and transportation companies, and tourism and hospitality organisations.

UC’s Guide to Job Hunting offers a variety of career resources including employer information.

For more information about UC student and graduate opportunities, go to UC CareerHub

What jobs and activities do our graduates do?

Many local New Zealand businesses are looking to expand into the global market, creating a need for graduates who are well versed in international business. An International Business degree can be an excellent springboard for graduates interested in exploring roles within the global business market.

Some of the jobs listed may require further study at postgraduate level. Postgraduate study can contribute to your employability. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills, indicates your motivation and ability to persevere at a high level academically and can make you more competitive in the job market. Postgraduate study may be a prerequisite for certain jobs.

  • Foreign sales representative
    • Writes proposals
    • Negotiates with clients to secure sales
    • Presents, demonstrates and explains products and services to clients
  • International trader
    • Deals with the export and import of goods
    • Works with product specialists
    • Establishes relationships between buyers and sellers
  • Business analyst
    • Develops business strategies and solves problems
    • Gathers and evaluates a range of information
    • Liaises with clients
  • Marketing assistant
    • Plans market research
    • Drafts press releases
    • Supports marketing campaigns
  • Financial service provider
    • Advises on foreign currency transactions
    • Prepares budget reports
  • Travel and tourism operator
    • Plans and prices tours and holidays
    • Visits providers and negotiates prices
    • Markets and promotes holiday packages.
  • Foreign currency investment advisor
    • Advises clients on transactions and investments
    • Visits providers and negotiates prices
    • Markets and promotes holiday packages.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly becoming an important part of the world of work and should be considered as a career option. For more information about UC student innovation & entrepreneurship, related internships, scholarships, courses and activities go to Careers, Internships & Employment

For further information on job titles, please see the latest UC Graduate Destinations Survey

For additional graduate destination information go to www.graduatecareers.com.au or www.prospects.ac.uk

What professional bodies and organisations do our students and graduates link to?

As they progress in their studies and into a career, our students and graduates often join professional bodies specific to their area of interest. These organisations offer graduates the opportunity to network and collaborate with others within the same community. Other relevant organisations are also listed.

Social media networks, such as LinkedIn (including LinkedIn groups), Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues for students and graduates to keep up-to-date with current industry knowledge and 'best practice', networking opportunities, industry-related events and job vacancies.

What further study can I do after my degree?

It is possible to study at postgraduate and graduate level in subjects both directly and indirectly related to your degree. For a list of postgraduate and graduate study options, go to Courses, Subjects and Qualifications

One further year of study is required for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree. The Master of Commerce degree requires one further year of study beyond honours and involves a research thesis. A number of students also progress to doctoral (PhD) study. This additional study can impact on the entry level of employment in industry.

Postgraduate study can also lead to an academic career pathway in teaching and research.

Carefully consider your motivation for study, how it fits in with your long-term career plans and whether it is likely to enhance your employment prospects.

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