Everything you use, whether it’s your clothing or the device that you are reading this article on, was designed, created, and sold to you by a business. There are thousands of different types of businesses around the world and operating any of these businesses is extremely demanding. For that reason, there are many jobs available for international students after completing a university or college degree in business in Canada.
International students often pursue both bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in business, commerce, accounting, economics, or something related. If you’re considering a business degree but are unsure of what kind of jobs are available in Canada after you graduate, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some of the highest-paying and most popular jobs that international students pursue after completing a business degree in Canada.
5 - Accounting
Accountants manage a company’s money. They help businesses make important decisions based on their financial position. For example, if a company is interested in changing the price of their products or services, or opening up a new location, they will always consult with their accounting team to ensure that it makes financial sense. Accountants also help audit and review the financials to ensure everything is being accurately recorded for tax and other purposes.
Why this role could be a good fit for you: If you are someone who is organized, detail-oriented, and loves working with numbers, a job in accounting may be perfect for you!
Salary: ranges based on experience, title, and company; between $50,000-$100,000 CAD per year
4 - Consulting
Consultants help businesses solve complex, difficult problems that require outside analysis. Firms often hire consultants to help with risk management and regulatory compliance. On a typical project, consultants may be asked to answer a variety of questions including, “How can we expand our business to a different country?,” or “Why are we suddenly losing some of our most loyal customers?” Consultants use research and other tools to synthesize information and present solutions to businesses for these issues.
Why this role could be a good fit for you: If you are analytical, enjoy problem-solving and consider yourself a strong communicator, consulting may be right for you.
Salary: around $80,000 CAD per year
3 - Marketing and Sales
People who work in marketing and sales are responsible for bringing money into the business. Marketing focuses on bringing in leads (potential customers) while sales is all about closing leads (the actual sale). Depending on the type of business, these roles may blend together or be completely separate. The type of business that you work for will determine your tasks and responsibilities.
Why this role could be a good fit for you: If you consider yourself creative, empathetic and good at connecting with people, marketing and sales could be the perfect fit for you.
Salary: ranges based on position; between $60,000-$90,000 CAD per year
2 - Human Resources
Human resource employees are responsible for managing the complete cycle of every employee. They are in charge of recruiting, culture, admin processes, employee training, and internal communications. Depending on the size and scope of the organization, the responsibilities of the HR team vary greatly.
Why this role could be a good fit for you: If you enjoy working with people and having people rely on and depend on you, human resources is a great choice.
Salary: about $65,000 CAD per year
1 - Investment Banking and Finance
Investment bankers and other finance professionals are responsible for helping businesses use their excess cash in a way that produces returns on investment. Traditionally, this means helping them invest in or acquire other profitable businesses. People who work in this industry spend their time researching and analyzing potential investments.
Why this role could be a good fit for you: If you have a strong work ethic and can analyze patterns and trends in large sets of data, then you could have a great future as an investment banker.
Salary: between $80,000-$100,000 CAD per year
A business degree in Canada offers international students tons of job opportunities. Make sure that the program you are applying to is eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit and you may be able to work up to 2 years in one of the careers above, immediately after graduation! Please talk to your Halp Coach for more information.