Career Options: Business

SCU Careers & Employability

SCU Business courses

See Course Options for all related Business courses including double degrees.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will have the knowledge and ability to work as specialist business professionals in varied and changing business environments. The degree offers diverse core units in first year before specialising, so that students have the flexibility to determine what business career they wish to pursue. Business graduates gain skills in the critical reasoning, communication and professional skills required in contemporary commercial settings. Students gain a broad understanding of business principles through core units, and develop specialised skills in one or more business discipline of their choice through the study of a single or double major.

Graduates typically work in the areas of accounting, advertising, banking, finance, human resource management, international business, investment, management, marketing, product management, and public relations. Employment options exist in a range of industries and sectors including local, state and federal government, private enterprise and multi-national companies.

Professional recognition

For the Bachelor of Business, these majors are accredited by the following professional bodies:

Students who study these majors may apply for membership of the following professional bodies:

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Employment prospects and starting salaries

Weekly average earnings in 2014

Weekly avergage earnings for Business graduates in 2014

Job openings in 2014

Job openings in 2014 for Business graduates

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Where do SCU Business graduates go?

Below is a sample of recent employers and position titles for our Business graduates (with majors in Finance and Banking, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Note that employers and positions are sorted separately in alphabetical order below — they are not matched lists.

Sample of employersSample of position titles
Aldi Accountant
Alphapharm Administration
Apple Pty Ltd Army Officer
Asea Brown Boveri (ABB Group) Battery Commander
Association of Accounting Technicians Canoe Guide
Australian Country Choice Casual Academic/Lecturer
Australian Defence Force Channel Support Account Manager
Australian Public Service Community Development Officer
BMW Financial Services Compliance Superintendent
Bowls Queensland Credit Consultant
Caltex Service Station Customer Service Assistant
Clarence River Canoes Customer Service Manager
Collins Hume Accountants Customer Service Officer and OHS Supervisor
Commonwealth Securities Ltd (Commsec) Events Officer
Cooly Rocks On Festival Finance Manager
Cootamundra Shire Council General Manager
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Governance Officer
Department of Human Services Group Human Resources Manager
Department of Sustainability Environment Water Population and Communities Health and Safety Analyst
Department Of Veterans Affairs HR Consultant
Department of Justice HR Service Administrator
ELGAS Ltd Human Resource Administrator
Fair Work Ombudsman Human Resource Officer
Genworth Human Resources Advisor
Goonellabah Sports And Aquatic Centre Human Resources Associate
Harvest Fresh Cuts Human Resources Consultant
Hollard Financial Services Human Resources Manager
Incitec Pivot Limited Legal Secretary
integratedliving Australia Ltd Logistician/ Logistics Manager
Kimberly-Clark Australia Manager
Leighton Contractors People and Culture Team Member
Live Nation Australia Personal Trainer
Mater Misericordiae Health Services Policy Officer
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Procurement and Contracting Officer
Morgan Stanley Australia Programs and Event Coordinator
New South Wales Cricket Association Promoter Representative
Newcastle City Council Records Officer
North Coast TAFE Regional Development Officer
Parchem Construction Regional Housing Manager
Parkside Group Sales Manager
Pepsico Sport Liaison Officer
Queensland Health Store Management Trainee
Rochdale Accounting & Financial Teacher/Trainer
Seabreeze Aged Care Teacher Information Technology
Silex Systems Limited Team Leader
Skilled Group Team Leader Case Management
Southern Cross University Technical Support Manager
St Joseph’s Aged Care Catholic Healthcare Limited Trainee Accountant
Swan Hill District Health Training/HR Officer
UnitingCare Ageing Vehicle Aspect Manager
Yellow Cabs  

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Graduate and vacation programs

Graduate programs are formal programs, usually offered by government departments and large companies. They are designed to attract new graduates and feature structured on-the-job training and development. Graduate programs often close applications 12 months prior to the job starting. This means you may need to apply for these roles as early as February/March in your final year of study.

Vacation programs are usually paid, short-term contracts of 6–8 weeks. They are typically offered to students in their penultimate year of study. Peak advertising times are July and August of each year and most vacation programs take place in the summer vacation period (December–February). Undertaking a vacation program may improve your chances of being short-listed for graduate programs or roles.

Bookmark the following sites for centralised listings of vacation, internship and graduate programs.

Also monitor relevant company websites for additional information and opportunities.

You can connect with other students and search for questions and answers on a number of graduate programs at the Graduate Programs Whirlpool Forums.

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Targeting potential employers

General and specialist job search websites are listed below. These can be used to source currently advertised roles and can also be used to create your personal database of potential employers and job titles. Being a proactive jobseeker and creating a living database early on in your studies can help you to research potential opportunities and learn more about your preferred industries.

For more job search help, make sure you access the Graduate Careers and Internship Preparation resources on Blackboard in the online SCU Career Development Program (in MySCU select the ‘MyCareer’ link).

Reviewing company websites is the key to ensuring a good ‘job fit’ for you and the potential employer. It can help you identify links between your strengths and qualities (skills, experience, interests and qualifications) and an employer’s needs, which will increase your chances of success in the recruitment process.

It is estimated the majority of jobs (approximately 80 per cent) are filled through word-of-mouth or networking, known as the ‘hidden job market’. Developing your personal and professional networks (professional associations and university memberships, social networking, attending workshops and conferences and undertaking extracurricular activities) are all valuable ways to tap into hidden job opportunities.

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LinkedIn is the largest online professional network with more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories; 6 million of those in Australia.

With 60% of LinkedIn revenue coming from talent solutions (recruitment), building your presence and becoming active on LinkedIn can increase the number of job opportunities available to you.

LinkedIn has fast become an effective tool for students and graduates to:

  • Present a professional online image
  • Showcase their skills, qualifications, qualities and achievements
  • Build their network of connections
  • Research potential career paths
  • Follow and engage with targeted companies
  • Connect with fellow professionals in industry and specific interest groups
  • Source national and international job vacancies
  • Be headhunted by recruiters searching for new talent

Find out how to get started and make the use of LinkedIn at LinkedIn Student Jobs 101.

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Specialist job vacancy websites



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SCU Careers & Employability

Don’t forget to visit SCU’s CareerHub for job vacancies, events and resources. Use your MySCU details to log in.

General job vacancy websites

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International job vacancy websites

Worldwide (and Australia) Australian Volunteers International
Worldwide Career Jet (use keyword: graduate)
Worldwide Going Global
Worldwide Monster
Worldwide United Nations Careers
Worldwide The World Bank
Europe European Union job opportunities for graduates
Hong Kong JobStreet Hong Kong
India FreshersHome
Indonesia JobStreet Campus Indonesia
Ireland GradIreland
Malaysia Graduan
Malaysia JobStreet Campus Malaysia
Philippines JobStreet Campus Philippines
Singapore JobStreet Campus Singapore
United Kingdom All About Law
United Kingdom Prospects UK
United Kingdom TARGETjobs
United States Quintessential Careers

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Professional associations

If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters you can join. Students are often eligible for significant membership discounts. Some benefits of joining an association include:

  • Updated information on industry-relevant trends and developments
  • Access to a range of resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, conferences and training opportunities
  • Enhancing your network

So, whether you are looking to learn about career opportunities in your field, network in your professional community, access current events in your industry sector, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!




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