Whether your ambitions lie in investigating new markets in Asia for an expanding Australian business, negotiating trade deals in South Africa for a multi-national corporation, working for an aid agency in Latin America, developing international policies for a ministry of foreign affairs, or representing your country as an embassy diplomat; an International Relations degree from Bond University can help put your career on the map.
Global interdependence means that all countries, organisations and even individuals are affected by developments beyond their own borders. Emerging regional and global trends bring new pressures and opportunities for government agencies, business and non-government organizations in the twenty-first century, and greater emphasis is placed on their ability to operate in the international arena.
Knowing a region’s specific cultural traditions, being aware of their foreign policies, trade agreements, government systems and the like can add value in successful relationship building, negotiation and communication in the global context whether you are engaged in a business, legal, humanitarian, diplomatic or media capacity.
With the advancement of technology and the emergence of new markets, our world is getting smaller, creating an imperative to understand what is happening both in Australia and overseas.
Studying International Relations At Bond
International Relations at Bond focuses on the key areas of international politics and diplomacy economics, conflict resolution, socio-cultural orientation and military relations, providing a well rounded knowledge base for those wanting to make their mark in the international arena.
The programs also incorporate a strong practical component. Think-tank, negotiation simulations and case study activities form a major part of the practical learning methodologies. Students are offered the opportunity to undertake internships in various organisations and in cities such as Paris, Dubai, Toronto and New York.
Intellectual preparation for performing in this complex and challenging environment is paramount. Graduates who hope to succeed in business or work for international organisations will gain an obvious advantage by having studied in this area of expertise. So, too, will anyone who wishes to become involved in diplomacy or policy formation.
Careers In International Relations
Future employers of International Relations graduates are seeking individuals with expression, logic and critical thinking skills who are capable of effective communication in increasingly complicated global contexts. Graduates in International Relations could expect to find work in many professions including:
- Foreign policy
- International Business
- Media and communications
- International trade and international law
- Humanitarian aid and development
Bond International Relations Alumini
Bond International Relations graduates are now working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, international aid organisations, global institutions such as the United Nations and as advocates and humanitarian relief workers assisting humanitarian missions.
To find out more about our International Relations alumni, we invite you to read their stories:
BA LLB (Hons) MIR PGDipLegPrac
Appointed delegate to the International Committee of the Red Cross and undertook short-term Child Protection Specialist role with UNICEF in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Appointed Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director for United Nations Women in New York, USA.
Deployed to Kenya to work on a communications strategy and internal evaluation, and from there to South Sudan to set up information management systems for the humanitarian response to the conflict with Sudan. In July, deployed to Yemen for three months to manage the information stemming from the expanded humanitarian response to the food insecurity and conflict crises across the country.
Emergency Services Coordinator (Operations) – Red Cross Queensland.
Youth Development Coordinator for Save the Children in Kununurra, Western Australia.