Careers as customs compliance analysts, import/export documentation specialists, global logistics assistants and inside sales representatives all require knowledge of key global concepts, such as processing customs compliance documents, assisting in the transportation of goods to and from locations throughout the world, and taking on a support role in the marketing and sale of Canadian goods in the global marketplace.
In order to launch a career in the field, you must attend one of Canada’s post-secondary International Business programs. These offerings teach you everything you need to carry out the duties of the various roles. One such program is Centennial College’s Business – International Business undertaking. It takes two years to complete and prepares students with business knowledge that is applicable to the manufacturing and production sector, retail and distribution, transportation or as part of a consulting firm.
Here is a closer look at some of the specific International Business Courses offered within the program that focus on global aspects of the industry.
Business Communications: Behaviour is an important element of the social and technical systems in the workplace. As such, students examine and then apply the concepts of individual and group behaviour, communication, conflict and various management styles, motivational techniques and coordination in the work environment to the development of an organization’s human resources.
International Marketing: There are unique international marketing strategies that effectively respond to globalization, which is an important component of business without borders. For that reason, trends in the global environment and the impact of these trends on international marketing are also analyzed. As an interactive component, students complete a term project that enables them to apply the course material to a practical situation.
International Business Concepts: International trade, the macro-environment within which international business takes place, and the major strategic decisions facing international business managers are all discussed from the perspective of a Canadian businessperson seeking international opportunities.
Global Logistics: In this course, students are introduced to all aspects of moving goods internationally including cost controls, distribution alternatives and other transportation issues.
Customs Services and Compliance: Custom procedures are covered in order to provide students with the background necessary for the development of Canadian customs in a global environment. The course specifically highlights current Canadian customs and excise laws, tariff classification, and valuation for tariff purposes, and preparation of customs documentation.
In addition of these international aspects, the International Business Program also features broad business topics such as: fundamentals for business success, mathematics of finance, financial accounting concepts, business operations, human resources management, business analysis and more. It is worth noting that many of these courses are common among other School of Business programs, which provides students with a solid base.