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How do I choose between majors and minors as someone who is interested in international business?

I am a tenth grade student currently interested in international business, I am currently looking into colleges and their majors and minors but I'm not sure exactly what to look for student business college international-business majors

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Thomas’s Answer

Working on international business is fascinating and rewarding. However, I don't believe that a degree in International Business is the way to go (I have an MBA in International Business). A more specialized major, such as finance, accounting, engineering, architecture (or any other field in which you can develop technical expertise) will give you the necessary tools to develop a career and allow you to earn a professional certification or an in-demand degree that you can use to work internationally. Some schools build co-op/internship programs into their study programs so that you can get work experience in your specialization, even internationally. But my advice is definitely: get the specialized expertise/certification that can be used anywhere, and then find businesses that operate internationally and try to work with them. (It also would help if you can learn another language to aid in your international endeavors). Best of luck!
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Abbie’s Answer

I actually have my MBA specialized in International Business. I'd recommend having International Business as your major and then pick the detail of either the industry or role for your minor. For example, marketing if you want to focus on international business in a marketing industry or economics if you want strictly focus on business. With that major I'd definitely recommend a minor.
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Simeon’s Answer

Generally, if you go for one of the general business degrees like accounting, finance, and marketing, you can find your way into international business by joining the right company. You'll want to find a college with connections to international business and business societies or alumni associations to give you contacts into the international companies that peak your interest. I'd recommend researching the international companies that would get your attention first and work backwards from there. Find out if a lot of people at that company worked at the same university and take that as a cue that you might be able to develop a great network at that university. Networking is crucial in all kinds of business careers. The big 4 accounting firms: PwC, EY, KPMG, and Deloitte have a global presence if that peaks your interest.
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Carmen’s Answer

I have my Bachelor's in Global Business Management and my Master's in Management, Strategy and Leadership and my undergrad degree gave my the international platform, knowledge, and connections within the global business environment. My MSA has propelled that knowledge and allows me to apply it across any industry and any global organization. I have worked in global sales, marketing, business planning, operations, and law in various industries throughout my career. Education absolutely played a role, then I moved into rolls that resonated with me.
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