International Business Concentration

Goodman School of Business




International Business Concentration

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In this guide:
Career Options
Clubs & Associations
How Goodman Career can help
Important Competencies

      

A concentration in international business provides you with the cultural, political, economic, and linguistic background needed to work effectively in a variety of global environments. The increase in globalization has created a need for successful business managers who think on a global scale and possess specialized knowledge and skills required to manage multicultural and multinational workforces.

Nature of work & types of jobs:

  • Airline Route Planning & Marketing
  • Export Manager
  • International Trade Lawyer
  • Manager, International Operations

Industry Sectors:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Business & Industry
  • Justice/Law

Career Options
The following are examples of career paths in international business:

International Firms face unique challenges and there are many opportunities to work on international issues regardless of your business area or whether you work domestically or internationally. New grads usually start out working domestically for firms with an international focus to gain experience before moving into international activities.

International Logistics refers to the moving, storing, and distributing of goods. These functions can be managed internally by a firm, or by external logistics providers. The most common activities are involved in the international import and export of goods. New grads typically start in a coordinator or analyst position to learn about the firm’s logistical needs.

International Relations studies foreign affairs and global issues. Individuals in this area often work for government or universities. For example, with the government, you may specialize in researching and advising on international policy, promoting national industries to foreign partners, immigration, or consular affairs. New grads can apply for these government positions after finishing their undergraduate studies or after gaining some industry experience.

Clubs & Associations

Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in the field of international business.

Recommended Clubs on Campus:

Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and Other Resources:

How Goodman Career Can Help
The Goodman Career Development Office provides various services and hosts different events to help prepare students for the job search process. Check out our workshops or book an appointment with our office.

You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by Goodman Career:

  1. “How To Get A Job In…” Series – meet alumni and industry professionals
  2. Networking Breakfast – meet employers from different companies and find out about job opportunities

Did You Know...

Goodman Career hires a volunteer International Assistant to assist with reaching international students through our office. The position is posted in February each year on CareerZone.

Important Competencies

  • Ability to Communicate with Other Cultures
  • Ability to Cope with Ambiguity
  • Ability to Work Independently and in a Team
  • Understand Global Strategies
  • Formal Training in Second or Third Language
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Open Mindedness
  • Sensitivity, Adaptability, & Flexibility
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
Laura Leverde, BBA International Business student

As a Brock student, I've had access to incredible opportunities: through the exchange program I was able to study abroad in France and discover many amazing places and explore the business world overseas. I have been part of the International Students Association and have worked with the Faculty of Business to promote the many exchange opportunities that are available to the students. I'm currently completing my last co-op term with Hydro One.

-Laura Laverde, BBA International Business student

Being a student at Brock has allowed me to be involved with many business clubs and competitions. My involvement with DECA U gave me the opportunity to represent Brock on both a provincial and international level leading me to be the current president of Brock DECA U. My co-op along with the courses I have taken has given me the opportunity to take my learning into the real world as well as enhance my leadership and communication skills while building a network for my future. As I continue my education in international business at Brock I look forward to obtaining a career that will allow me to apply all my classroom knowledge to the real world.

-Jaminy Ulaganathan, BBA International Business Student