Career Options: Business
- Professional recognition
- Employment prospects and starting salaries
- Where do SCU Business graduates go?
- Graduate and vacation programs
- Targeting potential employers
- Specialist job vacancy websites
- General job vacancy websites
- International job vacancy websites
- Professional associations
- Other useful links
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.
For the Bachelor of Business, these majors are accredited by the following professional bodies:
- Accounting major: Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA); CPA Australia
- Finance major: Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
- Human Resource Management major: Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
Students who study these majors may apply for membership of the following professional bodies:
- Accounting majors: Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
- Marketing major: Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS); Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
- All majors: Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
Employment prospects and starting salaries
Weekly average earnings in 2014
Job openings in 2014
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 employers||Sample of position titles|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
Specialist job vacancy websites
General job vacancy websites
International job vacancy websites
|Worldwide (and Australia)||Australian Volunteers International|
|Worldwide||Career Jet (use keyword: graduate)|
|Worldwide||United Nations Careers|
|Worldwide||The World Bank|
|Europe||European Union job opportunities for graduates|
|Hong Kong||JobStreet Hong Kong|
|Indonesia||JobStreet Campus Indonesia|
|Malaysia||JobStreet Campus Malaysia|
|Philippines||JobStreet Campus Philippines|
|Singapore||JobStreet Campus Singapore|
|United Kingdom||All About Law|
|United Kingdom||Prospects UK|
|United States||Quintessential Careers|
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!