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Language ability combined with knowledge of business practices, advertising, sales, and services in the target culture are highly marketable skills. If you plan to work in the business, industry, or commerce field and use your world language skills, consult the career office at Fisher College of Business at OSU for the best course track for your interests, and continue to study world languages at the advanced level, taking advantage of any business-oriented courses that are offered in languages. Fisher offers students many opportunities for Business, Economics, and Marketing majors with advanced language skills. Students from other universities should contact their local career services office.  Also, visit MBA Online for general information useful to current individuals looking to enter or advance a career in business.


Sample Job Postings
Here are just a few examples of possible careers in International Business Administration combined with a world language area:

Senior Account Executive:


The Senior Account Executive will sell ARTSI products and services throughout the Fine Arts market. This person will be responsible for identifying and closing new business, meeting a monthly sales quota and managing an existing account base. The Senior Account Executive will gain knowledge of prospective and existing clients' business goals and sell ARTSI as a solution to achieve those goals. This person will work closely with a Client Services team member to ensure efficient account set-up and maintenance.

Qualifications and Requirements:

BA in Arts or MFA. Near native fluency in German. Strategic sales approach with a focus on building relationships with top tier clients. Proven ability to perform in a highly competitive market, etc.

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Training Development Analyst:


Participate in and/or lead multiple training and human resources projects, maintaining a thorough understanding of outcomes for each initiative and driving quality throughout each project. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of training programs to determine if programs meet needs and result in performance improvement. Develop and track metrics for measuring training quality and effectiveness.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Fluent Chinese Bachelor's degree in instructional design, training, human resource development, business or related field, or its equivalent and continuing education related to the job. 3 to 5 years of related experience in training or human resources development with demonstrated achievements and progressive responsibilities.

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Expatriate Specialist: International Banking Company:


Manages the retail aspects of international banking including sales of bank products to expatriate customers. Develops and maintains excellent relationship with our corporate customers in the international banking industry.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Identifies opportunities and develops strategies to attract international customers. Calls on corporate and individuals to sell products. Refers business opportunities to appropriate managers. Communicates customs and practices of the U.S. Banking industry to international clients, develops explanatory literature in foreign languages, publishes a newsletter targeted to international clients. Uses cultural knowledge and awareness to communicate professionally with customers and other bank employees to resolve account questions, issues or problems. Performs seminars in Japanese and English regarding retail and international services offered by the company. A B.S. and fluency in English and Japanese required for this position. The ability to speak, read and write and use computer software in English and Japanese on a professional level is required. Banking experience preferred.

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Financial Services Officer (Banking):

Bilingual Japanese banker for a Retail Branch

Responsibilities include:

  • Selling new and existing customers multiple account relationships by identifying customer needs
  • Acquaint customers with bank services
  • Making business development calls to consumers and merchants in the immediate geographic area.

Qualified candidate will have:

  • 1+ years experience in banking customer service, consumer lending and sales
  • Fluency in formal business Japanese and English (including speaking, reading and writing)
  • Exceptional technical skills with numbers and handling money
  • Proficiency with Lotus Notes
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Bachelor's degree preferred

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Bilingual Specialist


Leading Bilingual Recruiting firm in ... seeks competitive, professional bilingual candidates with fluency in Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French or German to work for prestigious companies in the tri-state area. We represent clients in the Advertising, Entertainment, Travel, Fashion, Cosmetics, Media, International Marketing, Finance/Banking and other great industries.

  • Excellent communication skills with professional demeanor.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a fast pace setting.
  • Computer literate with knowledge of MS Office products.
  • Administrative or business experience a plus.
  • Recent college grads welcome.
  • Fluency in Russian, Italian, Spanish, French or German a plus

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