Global Business

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"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.

To learn more about the degree requirements, please visit this link:
http://www.wpunj.edu/ccob/departments/econ-fin-globalbus

WPUNJ Admissions information on Business Administration is located here:
http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/academic-programs/programs_detail.dot?id=125517

 

What interests and skills do potential employers value in this career?

  • oral and written communication skills
  • understanding of cultural diversity
  • computer literacy
  • creativity
  • 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?

Work Environment:
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
Associate Communications Editor
International Bank Manager
Foreign Media Correspondent
International Consultant
Journalist
International Real Estate Broker
Lobbyist
International Commodities Trader
Program Coordinator
International Finance Writer
Public Relations Liaison
International Loan Officer
Marketing Assistant
International Media Planner
Sales Representative
International Stock Broker
Creative director
International Purchasing Agent
Export documentation agent
International Bookkeeper
Underwriter
International Sales Analyst
Export/Import manager
International Advertising Executive
Sales coordinator
International Buyer
International money transfer specialist
Activities Coordinator
International hotel manager
International Commodities Trader
Program coordinator
International Finance Writer
Public Relations liaison
International Loan Officer
Marketing assistant
International Media Planner
Sales representative

International Stock Broker
Creative director
International Purchasing Agent
Export documentation agent
International Bookkeeper Underwriter
International Sales Analyst
Export/Import manager
International Advertising Executive
Sales coordinator
International Buyer
International money transfer specialist
Activities Coordinator
International hotel manager
Overseas service agent
Associate buyer/ Associate purchaser
Peace Corps volunteer
International banker
Community Agency Administrator Consultant/ cross-cultural relations
Congressional Staff Member
Advertising copywriter
Immigration Inspector
Travel Agent/ Tour Guide
Intelligence Researcher
Commodities broker
Foreign Service Officer
Insurance Claims Adjuster
United Nations Guide
Foundation representative
Translator
International assignments representative
Consular assistant
Affirmative Action Officer
Fundraiser
Philanthropic foundation administrator
Social welfare worker

WPU Alumni

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.