Monday, December 9, 2013

Business – International Business Opens Global Doors After Four Semesters

While a range of post-secondary institutions offers International Business programs, Centennial College’s two-year undertaking has the added bonus of first ensuring students have a solid general business foundation, which is a must for long-term success. This occurs throughout the program but especially during the first two semesters, which focus on core business concepts. Among the specific business foundation courses are: Strategies for Business Success, Fundamentals of Business, Mathematics of Finance, Financial Accounting Concepts, Business Operations and more.

Only once students have grasped the core business ideas does the International Business program move onto specialized international business courses that meet the demands of any industry employer. To prepare students for the global workplace, these intensive courses focus on topics 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.

Although graduates are fully prepared for the field — where they can find employment as global logistics assistants, customs compliance analysts, import/export documentation specialists, and inside sales representatives — they also have the option to seamlessly transition to further education. That’s because upon successfully completing all International Business courses at Centennial College, students may transfer into the three-year International Business program. During the year that they spend in the offering, students attend more international business courses, and have the option to work towards a university degree, pursue professional designations (CITP) and gain work experience before graduation. Additionally, Centennial maintains a number of university articulations to provide graduates with the opportunity to gain a university degree in a shorter time frame. Qualified graduates of the two-year International Business Diploma program may be eligible to apply their Centennial credits towards a degree with the following universities: Algoma University, Athabasca University, University of New Brunswick, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Windsor.

If International Business interests you but you’re still unsure that this program is for you, consider that the offering is tailored for individuals with who are highly organized with an ability to plan and prioritize, comfortable dealing with numbers and computers, are analytical with strong numeracy skills, thrive under pressure and can meet deadlines, posses strong interpersonal skills, are innovative problem solvers and decision makers and have the ability to work successfully in a team environment.

In addition to these traits, applicants are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). They must also have completed English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission as well as Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission.

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