"I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don't just think, yes my country is doing well, but you think about the world at large"
~ Bill Gates
What is global business?
As more and more companies are becoming international in both service offerings and employee hiring, global business has erupted as a major field of study. Global business is a diverse profession involving interacting effectively with colleagues and consumers from nations around the world. Global business professionals work in a variety of capacities, from international marketing, to banking, to hospitality management. Most entry level positions are housed domestically, but as professionals move up the corporate ladder within global business, travel and even residency requirements abroad may become a necessity. Global business encompasses how organizations operate in foreign environments, with respect to social, ethical, political, and economic cultures.
To concentrate in global business at William Paterson University, WPU students must be in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program. Students complete a common 33 credit business core required of all business majors, with an additional 18 credits in the global business concentration. Classes within the concentration include, but are not limited to Economic Growth and Development, International Management, International Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. All business majors must accumulate enrichment points through internship, practicum, and/or job shadowing alternatives.
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What interests and skills do potential employers value in this career?
- oral and written communication skills
- understanding of cultural diversity
- computer literacy
- being able to manage people and activities
- being able to communication in a multicultural setting
- fluency or reading/writing comprehension in another language
- analytical skills
- critical thinking skills
- mathematical comprehension
What types of jobs can global business majors get?
Global/International Business professionals, or careers related to global/international business, are located in a variety of industries and environments, including working abroad. Professionals may choose to work in international firms (marketing, real estate, trade), convention and visitor's bureaus, international airlines, domestic and foreign corporations, hospitality and travel industry, United Nations, Peace Corps, and other government agencies, public and private schools domestically and abroad, newspapers and television networks, non-profit organizations, foundations, global banks, and research institutes.
Possible Job Titles
International Account Executive
International Stock Broker
Bond trader/ Retail Broker R. Seelaus & Co.
Management Associate Valley National Bank
Consultant (Corp. Restructuring) Arthur Anderson
Creative Director Turner Direct
Distribution Service Manager AT&T Wireless Services
Special Risk Underwriter State Farm Insurance
Export Traffic Evergreen America Corporation
Global Operations Representative Alliance Capital
Logistics Analyst Maersk Logistics
Market Support Specialist Verizon
National Accounts Coordinator Ohaus Corporation
Purchasing Agent Power Battery
Sales/ Catering Coordinator Prime Hospitality
Vice President, Operations Czar International Corporation
Administrator, International Marketing The Hertz Corporatoin
Aside from majoring in global business, what else can I do that may enhance my qualifications?
Successful students tend to seek out opportunities and develop strategies to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. To enhance qualifications, students may decide to gain experience through studying abroad for a semester, internships and part-time jobs; get involved and become leaders in international and business student organizations on campus; declare a double major or a minor in a language, or become fluent by other means; attend multiculturalism seminars and workshops; volunteer at an international non-profit organization; develop strong computer skills; subscribe to newspapers or other publications to become more knowledgeable about global events; join a professional association and attend functions; and networking with professionals in the field.
What else can I read about global business?
Living Abroad www.livingabroad.com
Overseas Job Information www.overseasjobs.com
World Trade Organization www.wto.org
World Bank Group www.worldbank.org
United State International Trade Commission www.usitc.gov
The International Trade Administration www.ita.doc.gov
Academy of International Business www.aibworld.net
Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco/
Industry Information www.vault.com
Job Search and Salary information www.rileyguide.com
MBA information www.mba.com
Other sources of information :
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in Global Business. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Economics, Finance, and Global Business department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.