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What does it take to do international business?

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th April 2008 03:00 AM

I studied History, Economics, Literature and Divinity at A’ level and opted for International Business. Since we didn’t have career guidance at our school, I never got to understand what this programme entails. I would like to find out more about the programme and what career opportunities await

I studied History, Economics, Literature and Divinity at A’ level and opted for International Business. Since we didn’t have career guidance at our school, I never got to understand what this programme entails. I would like to find out more about the programme and what career opportunities await

CAREER GUIDANCE

Dear Jamesa,

I studied History, Economics, Literature and Divinity at A’ level and opted for International Business. Since we didn’t have career guidance at our school, I never got to understand what this programme entails. I would like to find out more about the programme and what career opportunities await me.
Kenneth

Dear Kenneth,
the International Business programme provides a broad foundation in business as well as specialised studies in international management and marketing. 

Trade is a major national activity and every country must import or export goods or services. Modern companies need graduates who understand the international business environment.

This programme prepares you for an active role in international business. It enables you to understand how different countries conduct business at international level. From the programme, you acquire dynamics of trade across borders.

Here are some of the skills you acquire from the programme:
  • Financial accounting

  • Internet tools for international business

  • International economics for business

  • Multicultural marketing strategy

  • International business law

  • Human resources management

  • Regional corporation and integration

  • International communication and technology

  • Cross cultural negotiations in international business

  • Entrepreneurship development

  • Multinational business finance and multilateral trading systems


  • Training:

    Makerere University Business School offers a three-year Bachelor of International Business degree programme.

    Requirements:

    You need two principal passes (of grade B and above) and one subsidiary in either Arts or Sciences.

    Career Opportunities:

    The degree is designed for those who wish to work in a general management position within a company involved in international business, or for those who can bring such expertise to public bodies such as government. 
    There is a wide range of positions with internationally oriented companies as well as in the public and private sector. Graduates find themselves in high demand by firms trading overseas and global corporations operating within the region.
    Recent graduates have found jobs as marketing executives, research analysts, accounts officers, industry equity analysts, international finance specialists, customer service personnel and numerous other management positions in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda etc. Graduates have found jobs in:
    BAT in export division,
    Barclays Bank, DFCU in accounts sections, relationship managers, or in the international trade finance sections.
    Inter freight companies
    Telecommunications sector: MTN, Uganda telecom, Celtel
    Umeme
    The starting monthly salary range is sh1m and above, depending on the company.

    Compiled by Jamesa Wagwau
    jwagwau@newvision.co.ug

    What does it take to do international business?

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