What Jobs Can You Do with an International Business Degree?

A BA (Hons) in International Business is the perfect way to jumpstart your business career and prepare to take it to a global level. Students will graduate ready for the workplace armed with the necessary practical and professional skills as well as academic theory.

The course covers everything from daily operations to marketing strategies to give students a profound understanding of the vast business landscape. Our BA (Hons) in International Business program also has a focus on employability embedded within the core curriculum. Students master the skills most valued by employers and have an understanding of the business environment as well.

Each year of the four-year program builds on the students’ existing skillset. Year one introduces the basic concepts of business and running a business, including people management, accounting and marketing. The following year, students take these basic concepts and learn about them at a more operational level to understand how the principles are applied in a real-world setting. From there, they focus on specific business scenarios and how to apply what they’ve learned to those scenarios. In the final year of the program, students complete a dissertation and focus on their own personal development over the course of their program. 

With a BA (Hons) degree in international business, students can find jobs across a number of sectors and industries, from local governments and third sector organisations to global businesses and major retail companies.

What Jobs Can I Get?

Business development managers are responsible for driving business growth and generating new revenue. Depending on their industry and their company, business development managers can have different responsibilities and use different tactics. Most often, they are responsible for identifying new markets and partnerships as well as looking for opportunities and ideas for new products. At the root of everything a business development manager does is the goal of bringing in more revenue and further developing the business. Business development managers use a number of tactics to achieve these goals, which include attending events, conferences and exhibitions, cold calling, networking and contacting leads. They are also often responsible for making sales projections and predicting revenue to find opportunities for improvement.

Supply chain managers oversee and manage every stage of production from purchasing to delivery to ensuring that their company’s goods are of the highest quality. They work with buyers and suppliers to source products and negotiate contracts, as well as maintaining relationships with other companies involved throughout the production process. Supply chain managers work with other teams to plan and implement strategies to make sure they’re meeting their production goals, analyse performance and look for opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce the costs of the production process. They are also responsible for overseeing the storage of the product until it’s delivered to clients, managing inventory and tracking the goods during delivery. 

Human resources managers are responsible for supporting the business and their colleagues by resolving any issues that come up related to employment or employee welfare. They are involved at almost every stage of the employee life cycle, from recruiting potential employees to the business and onboarding new hires to offboarding and terminating employees. HR managers may also choose HR-related technologies for the business to use, such as systems for employees to request time off or view information about their colleagues. At larger organisations, human resources managers will be responsible for managing a team of HR professionals and overseeing the entire process. They will choose what to assign to each team member and also deal with any escalated issues. 

External auditors look at financial reports and other data to give businesses as well as their investors and stakeholders a clear idea of how they’re performing as well as identify any areas for improvements and risks. There are two types of external audits, financial and non-financial audits. Financial audits look at a company’s financial statements and records to make sure all numbers and calculations are correct and that the company is in a good financial position. Non-financial audits, which are also called corporate audits, look at non-financial data and reports to help a company find any areas of weakness and address specific problems. The exact documents and scope of a corporate audit will depend on the needs of the company as well as their goals. 

Sales Executive

Sales executives are responsible for winning new business, selling their company’s products and services, and maintaining client relationships. They can be either business to business (B2B) or business to consumer (B2C) sales executives. B2B sales executives sell their services or products to other businesses, whereas B2C sales executives sell directly to the public. Sales executives work with buyers to create a deal where both parties are happy and represent their companies at sales events and conferences. They also use various tactics to find new customers, such as cold calling and responding to enquiries and leads. 

With an international business degree, students can have an exciting global career working for companies across a range of industries, from small-to-medium-sized enterprises to large, multi-national organisations.

What companies could I work for?

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a UK-based multi-national arms, security, and aerospace company and the largest defence contractor in Europe. The company was founded in 1999 when British Aerospace, a civil and military aircraft manufacturer, acquired Marconi Electronic Systems, which was the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company. BAE Systems’ headquarters is located in London, and they employ about 90000 people in 40 countries. They manufacture products relating to civil and military aerospace, defence electronics, naval vessels, munitions and land warfare systems and the majority of their sales are military-related. While they are present in many countries around the world, their main markets are the UK, US, Australia and Saudi Arabia. In addition to manufacturing, BAE Systems also provide maintenance, consultancy and training services. 

HM Treasury

Her Majesty’s Treasury is the branch of the UK government responsible for developing and executing public finance and economic policies for the country. The treasury was formed nearly 1000 years ago during the rule of King William the Conqueror, but since its exact origins aren’t known, it’s often said to have been formed with the Treasury of the Kingdom of England in 1126. At this time, the head of the treasury was called the Lord Treasurer, and this was an appointed position. During Tudor times, the Lord Treasurer became one of the chief officers of state, and since the mid-1700s, the Prime Minister has been the head of the treasury. Over the years, the treasury has changed and developed a lot and today has an annual budget of £3.8 billion. The Treasury Ministers main goals are to maintain control over public spending and achieve strong and sustainable economic growth for the country. 

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States and the fifth-largest in the world, with more than $3 trillion in assets. The bank was formed in 1996 when Chase Manhattan Bank, JP Morgan & Co., and a few other US banks combined, but its roots date back much further. Chase Manhattan Bank stems from the Bank of the Manhattan Company, which was founded in 1799 by Aaron Burr, a notable figure in US history. The UK offices are part of JP Morgan Europe Ltd, which was established in 1968 as Chase Manhattan International Limited. Today, their European headquarters is located in London, and there are also offices in Bournemouth, Glasgow and Edinburgh, which primarily focus on asset management, private banking and investments. In September 2021, JP Morgan Europe Ltd launched its first retail banking products in the UK under the Chase name.