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The Globalisation and Economic Development major within the Bachelor of Development Studies provides students with insights into the economic, political, and social implications of globalisation for development, with a focus on urban and regional impacts, sustainability, and cultural diversity. Areas of study include environmental economics and international trade and relations.
Graduates gain an understanding of how the Australian economy is influenced by and responds to government spending, interest rate changes, and international markets, which is highly valued knowledge in the financial services. Typically, employment is found in government advisor and policy consultant roles, in varying levels and departments of government, private industries, non-government organisations, international aid agencies and research organisations.
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Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of postgraduate study options available. Postgraduate study may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the postgraduate study options following the Bachelor of Development Studies include:
An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements. For more information about this program, see Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours).
Postgraduate coursework programs can add further specialisations in areas including business, safety, quality assurance and teaching. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/postgraduate/
The Planning Institute of Australia website contains a list of courses that are accredited for those interested in the field of urban and regional planning. www.planning.org.au/becomeaplanner/accredited-courses
The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Development Studies majoring in Globalisation and Economic Development. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.
- Development Economist
- Development Managers (International Aid)
- Diplomat / Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
- Economic Analyst
- Economic/Social Statistician
Graduates are also able to use the transferable skills gained in their studies to work outside the globalisation and economic development industries. In some instances, further study and/or work experience may be required.
As well as the jobs listed above, there are many positions outside the general field of Globalisation and Economic Development that graduates may pursue using the transferable skills gained in their studies. The list of job titles below shows examples of the type of jobs / careers graduates can diversify into; that might not necessarily be directly related to their degree.
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Globalisation and Economic Development graduates find employment opportunities in small, medium or large organisations of varying industries. Below are some examples of organisations that may recruit those holding this major. Check employers’ websites for sections titled Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs, or for similar sections. Some employers may also offer vacation work opportunities.
- Amnesty International (International)
- Asian Development Bank (Australia)
- Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economists (Australia)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (Australia)
- CSIRO (Australia)
- TAS Department of State Growth (Australia)
- QLD Department of Energy and Water Supply (Australia)
- Department of Families and Community Services (Australia)
- Department of Finance and Deregulation (Australia)
- Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (International)
- Department of Immigration and Citizenship (Australia)
- Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)
- Indigenous Community Volunteers (Australia)
- International Monetary Fund (Australia)
- Mercy Corps (International)
- Mission Australia (Australia)
- OECD (Australia)
- Oxfam (International)
- United Nations Development Project (Australia)
- Urbis (Australia)
- Westpac (Australia)
- World Bank (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Australia)
- Australian Development Gateway (Australia)
- Center for Global Development (Australia)
- The Centre for Independent Studies (Australia)
- The Foundation for Development Cooperation (Australia)
- The G-20 (Australia)
- Humane Society International (Australia)
- Institute of Public Administration Australia (Australia)
- International Development Association (Australia)
- International Institute for Sustainable Development (International)
- International Monetary Fund (Australia)
- International Organisation for Sustainable Development (Australia)
- Planning Institute Australia (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Graduate Attributes and Employability
Bachelor of Development Studies graduates majoring in Globalisation and Economic Development will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect to:
- Be committed to knowledge creation, ethical practice and critical perspectives about development and underdevelopment.
- Possess substantial & broad knowledge of cultural diversity; globalisation & economic development; environmental sustainability; and urban & regional development as development issues.
- Demonstrate a capacity for logical, critical and creative analysis.
- Have high level communication skills and the ability to engage in constructive public and professional discourse in community, cross cultural and policy context.
- Be able to perform both autonomously and collaboratively with advanced skills in collecting organising and presenting information.
- Have the capacity to be engaged, responsible, sensitive and effective world citizens.