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Commerce

In the commerce program you’ll develop your business skills in a collaborative and innovative environment.

Potential careers

What can you do with a commerce degree? Here are a few jobs and fields that relate to the program:

  • chartered professional accountant (CPA)
  • chartered financial analyst (CFA)
  • entrepreneur (serial, social, corporate, lifestyle)
  • business development
  • venture capital analyst or investor
  • product development
  • management consulting
  • international sales and marketing
  • international trade (import/export)
  • international consulting
  • international banking and investment
  • international economics and development, including non-governmental organizations
  • customer experience
  • human resources
  • project management
  • public relations
  • marketing and communications
  • sustainability planner
  • supply chain and logistics
  • real estate and development

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training.

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the commerce program

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to commerce:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the commerce program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Co-op

Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience

Course-based

All of our specializations incorporate live clients or projects, field trips or real-life learning

Field experience         

COM 480 - International Study
(international experience)
Travel overseas for cultural sensitivity and foreign language training

ENT 413 - Portfolio Practicum 
Take part in industry tours, networking sessions, start-up experiences and more

Professional or technical skill development  

COM 204 - Introduction to Professional Practice
Gain work search skills such as preparing résumés and interviewing

COM 205 - Professional Skills Development
Compete in business competitions and simulations, attend conferences and meet business professionals.  

COM 405 - Career Preparation Across Borders
Build your own professional development portfolio in preparation for your career launch.

Research project         

COM 470 - Business Research
(international experience)    
Research a business or management topic related to the country of the exchange

Study abroad     

International Exchange
study for four months in another country and experience international business first-hand

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the commerce program.

Improve business operations

  • generate recurring profits and increase the value of the business
  • understand and apply the concepts of capacity and demand management
  • use business tools like process design principles
  • understand quality management and control
  • apply tools for decision making

Lead and influence others

  • motivate and lead others to achieve business goals
  • use concrete examples, data, case histories and other tools
  • build consensus and understanding among stakeholders
  • direct others and work in a team-based environment

Manage professional development

  • Set achievable goals in personal career planning
  • develop professional relationships through networking
  • identify and act on career opportunities
  • avoid conflicts of interest and understand business ethics

Data and systems management

  • select the appropriate statistical methods for business data analysis
  • use qualitative data to solve business problems
  • identify and use the most suitable software for tasks
  • adapt to new business tools and software applications
  • use information systems and networks to make ethical business decisions

Financial decision making

  • interpret and understand complex business documents and data
  • use accounting tools and apply core accounting concepts and processes
  • make decisions that support business goals

Marketing

  • understand marketing theory, concepts and tools to make and defend decisions
  • develop marketing strategies, segmentation and SWOT analyses

Organizational awareness

  • understand organizational structures and the implications of decisions
  • understand organizational culture
  • appreciate differences in people’s views, values and work attitudes

Triple bottom line thinking

  • use concepts, tools and frameworks that help businesses shift to sustainable practices
  • identify and recommend opportunities for sustainable business practices

International focus

  • understand multicultural workplaces and relationships
  • be sensitive to international and cultural business practices
  • make recommendations and decisions that reflect an understanding of globalization
  • understand the challenges of operating a business in an international marketplace

What's next?

To explore more visit the commerce site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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