Want a career in global business?
For those who want to build a career in global business the International Business programme offers a great base. Students will acquire both generic and specialized skills needed in expert and managerial positions as well as entrepreneurs.
The core of the BBA studies consists of developing the business, becoming able to analyze business data and provide solutions, innovating and implementing digital solutions, and facilitating knowledge for strategic decisions.
The specialisation majors offered are 2–4 of the following, according to the students’ majority choices:
- Customer Relationship Management and Communication
- Financial Management
- Human Resource Management
- Supply Chain Management
Language and communication studies (25 cr) support the growth to an efficient communicator and networker. The students’ intercultural teamworking skills are developed with the variety of learning approaches, for example, project work together with companies and PBL (problem and project based learning). Career plans with service and sales orientation are strongly supported. All students are encouraged to include an exchange semester or work placement abroad in their degree; this is compulsory for Finnish students.
Full-time studies that begin in August 2019
campus: Helsinki, Pasila
I graduated from Haaga-Helia's Degree Programme in International Business in the early year of 2015. Right after graduating, I was employed and started my work career in sales. Today I work for Fredman Professional Kitchen, a subsidiary of Fredman Group. I am responsible for expanding our Food Tech services abroad. I work solely in international sales and develop our global network and sales channels. We are an ambitious company striving for the perfect kitchen and you might recognize our kitchen consumer products under the brand, Eskimo.
From day one, I valued the practicality of Haaga-Helia's courses and gained valuable hands-on experience before starting my work career. The most memorable and useful projects dealt with internationally operating case companies. These projects prepared me to take responsibility, bring value, and communicate to real existing companies. These skills are one of the most important requirements in my current job. In addition, I appreciated Haaga-Helia's teachers and their commitment on working towards course agendas and how well they prepared me for working life. I am grateful for all the great opportunities that Haaga-Helia provided me with during my studies.
Sales Manager, Fredman Professional Kitchen
DP in International Business, Helsinki
Prior to my studies with Haaga-Helia I was unsure on where I would “best fit” in the working environment. The International Business programme contains a wide variety of studies and guidance that helped me understand my skills, potential and my motivational triggers. The applied nature of the studies also meant that the transition into the working environment was simple. I work now in a global business and the multicultural environment of Haaga-Helia helped me to consider the various aspects of cultural awareness.
The specialisation in Supply Chain Management set me up perfectly for my career and now I am responsible for measuring the on-time delivery performance globally, delivery cost per unit calculations, delivery quality and for sourcing and contract negotiating with logistics service providers. My studies also led me to completing a further study in Six Sigma and through completing my thesis I became a black belt in this methodology. Working in a Startup company requires me to have a wide skill set and to solve problems that are not always related to my specialisation. The programme gave me an excellent toolkit to tackle challenges facing modern businesses. Additionally, I was very happy to see that sustainability and the social and environmental challenges we face were also considered within the studies.
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Haaga-Helia has provided me with the relevant skills for starting my career. Being able to see the big picture, quickly diving into new topics, finding solutions to solve business problems, consolidating and summarizing information – these are just a few examples of what is appreciated in the workplace nowadays. In my current position as a Business Intelligence and Customer Insight Specialist, I deal with providing our business with industry knowledge, forecasts and customer feedback. The skills that I acquired at Haaga-Helia while working on projects for case companies and from writing my Final Thesis, have prepared me to put knowledge into action and provide benefits for my organization.
Another important aspect of the studies was learning to communicate with different stakeholders (other students, companies, professors & guest speakers) in different settings. The ability to have a professional approach to networking and teamwork not only helps at work, but in life overall – Haaga-Helia provides a lot of opportunities to train in this field and I am very grateful for that!
Business Intelligence and Customer Insight Specialist, Kalmar (Cargotec)
DP in International Business, Helsinki