It’s hard not to associate Turks & Caicos with any aspect of international business, whether it be imports/exports, trading, law, or accounting/finance. Although these seem like focuses related to other careers, they can relate to conducting business internationally, too. If you’re interested in contributing to TCI’s impact on a global scale, read on to learn more about studying International Business in the U.S.
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2-Year Degree

International Business isn’t a career you can jump right into; you need to build a foundation of knowledge in many areas to support your career. With a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you can begin taking coursework and specialize in areas of or related to international business. But with a 2-year degree or less, you can work in careers that can introduce you to different areas of international business you might potentially work with such as Human Resource Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Bookkeeper, Procurement Clerk, and Shipping & Receiving Clerk. These entry-level careers can give you hands-on experience with working with every level of a company, insight into how things operate from the ground-level, and an early opportunity to learn the mechanics of operations.

4-Year Degree

In a bachelor’s degree program, you will begin to explore coursework to prepare you for working in International Business. Studying International Business will require you to major in business or business administration. Coursework in a business major include accounting, ethics, economics, and other math such as calculus and statistics. With a focus on global/international markets, coursework can include international finance, global information systems, international management, international marketing, and business analytics. Areas of specialization can include business analytics and information systems, finance, management, or marketing. Careers requiring bachelor’s degrees include accounting, economist, international trade specialist, international banking, non-profit management, sales & marketing, and securities & commodities.

Beyond a 4-Year Degree

Getting a master’s or doctoral degree in International Business will allow you to have a deeper focus in your career. Courses you will take will focus on financial management, international cultural differences, and international marketing. In a master’s and doctoral programs, you will have more opportunities through internships and placements to gain more hands-on experience in your area of specialization.

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Apprenticeships & Internships

Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training and education while you work and can look like working or volunteering with little experience but being trained to improve your skills. Not only are you learning the necessary job skills, but also the demands, hours, ways to interact with the public, procedures, and problems that usually arise on the job. It is an all-encompassing experience. You can find Apprenticeship and internship opportunities in business and international business through internet searches or networking.

Tip: If there is a business or person whose work interests you, ask them for the opportunity to intern or shadow them to learn more about the field and career. This is a great way to show your interest in the field and secure future opportunities to gain experience.

Vocational Training

Similar to apprenticeships, vocational training provides hands-on learning experiences, but mostly through coursework. It is primarily schooling with an aspect of hands-on learning to teach the necessary skills and later put them into action in a classroom setting. You can find vocational programs at technical colleges. Basic business programs accessed through vocational training include accounting, business management and analysis, and legal administrative specialist.

Resources

You can review the Minnesota State CAREERwise website to explore careers similar to crisis and disaster management in the Business, Management, and Administration career cluster. Here are more resources to learn more about careers in agriculture:

Check with your institution of interest to find out more about their admissions application, program requirements, and the best way to map out your future for studying crisis and disaster management.

Posted by:LaVerne Handfield

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