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Which business major?

There are no subjects at secondary school that you must take to study business at Otago, although English-rich subjects and statistics are recommended. 

Match your academic strengths and personality to a BCom major

Accounting

  • Able to keep information confidential
  • Honest, with an eye for detail
  • Methodical, logical and able to make sound judgements
  • Good mathematical and numeracy skills
  • Works well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Enjoys being part of a team

Economics

  • Interested in human behaviour
  • Good research and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates decision-making ability
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Good mathematical and numeracy skills
  • Thinks logically, laterally and is creative
  • Interested in people and society
  • Highly developed analytical skills

Entrepreneurship (minor only)

  • An ambitious and proactive self-starter
  • Good at recognising opportunities to create value, profit and well-being
  • Thrives on flexibility, openness and independence; able to experiment, learn from mistakes, pivot and adapt
  • Excellent at motivating and inspiring others to reach long-term objectives
  • A strong negotiator and persuasive communicator
  • Capable of making difficult decisions
  • Strategic thinker who sees the bigger picture
  • Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū: Feel the fear and do it anyway

Finance

  • Calculated risk taker
  • Good research and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates decision-making abilities
  • Good mathematical and numeracy skills (statistics and calculus)
  • Accurate and patient
  • Able to make good judgements and adapt quickly to change
  • Works well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and people skills

Human Resource Management

  • Interested in working with people
  • Approachable, helpful and reliable
  • Exercises detail-orientation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Concerned about organisational and employee well-being
  • Managing talent in organisations
  • Balancing multiple stakeholders’ objectives
  • Strategic management of people

Hospitality (minor only)

  • Great listener and can pick up on non- verbal cues
  • Excellent oral communicator
  • Strong customer orientation
  • Thrives under pressure
  • Enjoys upholding quality standards
  • Willing and able to work hard
  • Multi-tasker
  • Effective planning and time-management
  • Good leadership skills
  • Information Science
  • Interested in changing the world with technology
  • Project oriented
  • Interested in computer programming
  • Creative and inventive
  • Likes gadgets and new challenges
  • Has good research and problem-solving skills
  • Practical thinker
  • Excellent communication and people skills

International Business

  • Interested in other cultures and knowledge of global events
  • An aptitude for cultural competency
  • Interested in foreign affairs and trade
  • Willingness to explore languages and engage with others
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Engaging with diverse practices

Management

  • Able to motivate and inspire others
  • Works effectively with teams
  • Strong research and problem-solving skills
  • Diplomatic and persuasive
  • Able to analyse, synthesise and interpret data
  • Able to think strategically
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Able to make sound judgements, and adapt quickly to change

Marketing

  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Creative thinker
  • Enquiring and analytical
  • Likes to know why things are as they are
  • Interested in people, behaviour and how things work in different cultures
  • Able to analyse, interpret and understand a range of information and data
  • Good research and evaluation skills
  • Effective planning and time management
  • Excellent communication and people skills

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

  • Interested in solving the world’s problems
  • Oriented towards public service
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Curious about ethics, politics and society
  • Good mathematical and numeracy skills
  • Interested in human behaviour
  • Highly developed analytical skills
  • Excellent planning and time- management

Tourism

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well organised
  • Looks and plans for opportunities
  • Great networker and relationship builder
  • Able to grasp new technologies
  • Open-minded
  • Detail-oriented
  • Committed to customer service
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, welcoming personality with people of all cultures and backgrounds
  • Adaptable and resourceful
  • Good leadership skills

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