Trading and working with people from faraway places has been part of the human story for centuries. Today, technology and globalisation have impacted how we do business, so changing the way we think about age-old concepts has never been more important.
New markets are opening up, geographical distances are getting easier to overcome and people living in opposite sides of the world are working together. Yet these opportunities bring new challenges and competition.
Imagine that you’re browsing the net and you buy a pair of shoes from a shop based in the US. The shoes were made in Bangladesh using materials from Mexico, transported by a Japanese-owned logistics company and delivered to your door by an Australian-owned courier company.
It’s pretty easy to buy what we want, when we want, regardless of where it’s made or sold. But what if the worker who made your shoes was living below the poverty line, working in unsafe conditions and was still unable to provide for their family? Or if the logistics company were illegally polluting the ocean through their shipping activities, the courier company wasn’t paying the right amount of tax or the Mexican textile company wasn’t paid fairly for their materials?
That’s where you come in.
What jobs can you get with an International Business degree?
Businesses across a wide range of industries are increasingly looking to improve their capabilities to expand and operate across international borders. Whether you’re an emerging entrepreneur ready to bring your ideas to the world or if you see yourself transforming global corporations to be more sustainable and ethical, a degree in International Business can be your launch pad.
Some of the roles you could pursue in industry sectors such as State and Federal Governments, NGOs and multinational corporations, include:
- Foreign Affairs Advisor
- Investment Analyst
- Business Manager
- Risk Analyst
- International Marketing Manager
- Import / Export Advisor
- International Engagement Officer
- Supply Chain Specialist
- Logistics Manager
Imagine the impact you could have if you bring an in-depth understanding of the social, political and cultural dimensions of global business to your future career. Would you aim to strengthen ties with trading partners in Asia, since a third of the world’s population are forecasted to be working there? Or would your first focus be to negotiate better with Government’s on trade deals for the developing world?
Why study International Business at Murdoch?
To set yourself up for roles like these, gaining practical experience as part of your degree is important. That’s why we created our International Internship Program so you can experience real opportunities and challenges an international business faces.
Learn about our study options for International Students.
You could also take advantage of the opportunity to complete some of your studies at our Singapore or Dubai campuses to get a taste for living abroad. Or maybe you’ll satisfy some of that wanderlust by going on exchange at one of our partner universities to explore the world and new ways of thinking as part of our Study Abroad Program.
If you have an interest in more than one area, you can also broaden your horizons by completing a double major, which is a maximum of two majors under one degree.
Yannik recently completed a double major in International Business and Economics after relocating from the other side of the world to pursue his interests at Murdoch.
“International business incorporates my passion for other cultures, my interest in politics and love for deal-making and negotiations. I was fortunate to find two majors that truly combine my field of interest.”
Armed with his degree, a global mindset and the ambition to create a positive impact on the world stage, we’re cheering Yannik on from the sidelines as he embarks on his future career.
“I would like to be able to apply what I have learned to create something for the better and solve problems with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I’d like to find ways to share the benefits of the world’s development and innovation amongst all people on this planet. I believe this can only be achieved when people work together.”
International business is a constantly evolving field that’s challenging, exciting and brimming with opportunity, so there’s many reasons to pursue it as a career option. What will your reason be?