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Where can a degree in business take you in Australia?

Where can a degree in business take you in Australia?

February 7, 2023

A degree in business will take you far in Australia. The country’s economy is ranked among the strongest in the world. The pro-business environment attracts investment and offers business graduates a platform to build stellar and lucrative careers.

Ranked the most desirable working location in the Asia-Pacific and third most desirable work destination in the world,* out of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Graduate Employers 2022 list, 8 financial institutions were in the Top 10.

These companies offer graduate employment programs (see links below), so if you have a business degree and you want to work in Australia, the potential for a fulfilling professional career is endless.

Message from a leader in business: Ann Whitelock, ICMS Professional Scholarships Chair, Director – IHEA.

“It has long been said that Australia is “the land of opportunity”. I believe this, I have seen it in action.

So, where can a degree in business take you in Australia?

With some of the most liveable cities in the world, a strong economy, diverse and safe multicultural social structures, Australia is a place where career dreams come true.

With a qualification in business from a reputable higher education institution, you can take the reins, and achieve your dreams.  Whether you have already started your own business, or wish to be your own boss, or aspire to lead a large corporation, or spend your life giving back, it is possible.

A degree in business is the ideal course for anyone who wants to explore and discover what they really love.”

Why a business degree?

A degree in business is one of the most versatile and sought-after qualifications in all of Australia. Multiple entry points to your career include working in the public sector to private industry or even further afield.

And with an ever-growing number of career opportunities, studying business can open up doors to a wide range of professional roles.

An ICMS Bachelor of Business is designed to give you the skills needed to be successful in any industry. Subjects focus on developing marketing, leadership, collaboration, strategic planning, problem solving, and financial literacy. Our goal is to create business leaders ready to pursue an international career.

Unlocking Career Opportunities

Business graduates have lots of options when it comes to finding employment within Australia itself.

Popular roles include management positions within the corporate sector, financial advisors or consultants working in accounting firms, marketing professionals helping companies grow their brands, and HR managers working to ensure that employee relations remain positive at all times.

For those looking to work in government departments or not-for-profit organizations, a background in business can help. It can give you an understanding of the commercial implications behind policy decisions. It can also provide insight into how governments operate on both local and international scales.

With its broad range of applications across multiple industries and its potential on an international level, there’s no denying that having a degree in business makes you an attractive candidate for employers worldwide – particularly here in Australia.

8 out of 10 Australia’s Best Graduate Employers are looking for graduates with business degrees

In Australia, employers in the financial sector come out tops in the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Graduate Employers 2022 list.

  • 1. ANZ: The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited is Australia’s second-largest bank by assets and fourth-largest bank by market capitalisation. They look for graduates in risk, data and finance among other areas. View ANZ’s career page here.
  • 3. Deloitte: Global company Deloitte offers services in audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and technology services. The Deloitte Graduate program can be accessed here.
  • 4. Westpac Group: One of Australia’s Big Four Banks, Westpac is the country’s oldest banking institution. The company’s graduate program can be found here.
  • 5. PWC: Offering audit, assurance, consulting and tax services. For PWC’s Students and Graduates program, click here.
  • 6. KPMG: KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services across a wide range of industries, government, and not-for-profit sectors. For the KPMG Graduate and Student Program, click here.
  • 8. EY: EY provides consulting, assurance, tax and transaction services, and look for graduates with a background in business-related disciplines such as finance, accounting, commerce, business, HR, and economics. For the EY Student and entry-level positions, click here.
  • 9. NAB: National Australia Bank is one of Australia’s Big 4 Banks and offers a range of paid programs to help graduates take their first step in their careers. For NAB’s Graduate program, click here.
  • 10. Suncorp: Suncorp is One of Australia’s Largest Financial Services Brands Offering Home and Motor Insurance, Banking, Life Insurance, and Superannuation. For the Suncorp Graduate program, click here.

For the full list of Top 100 Graduate Employers 2022, compiled by the Australian Financial Review, click here.

For more information on the ICMS Bachelor of Business, click here.

* Whitelock was a panel member on a recent ICMS Masterclass: Women in Business. Whitelock is chair of the industry-leading ICMS Professional Scholarships Program, which, together with industry partners has awarded over $2million in scholarships to ICMS students over the years. In addition, she holds directorships at Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA), Women’s Resilience Centre, Mito Foundation and the Manly Rugby Foundation.


* Australia is a Top 20 Country, Australian Government resource.