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What is Globalization?

It's a small, big world. Companies can operate all over the world and around the clock. Goods, services, and money move around easily. This is globalization. 

Globalization is a force that will continue to have an impact on the career choices you’re making now and in the future.

Globalization’s impact shows up in:

  • Offshoring where business processes from design to manufacture are relocated from one country to another
    • e.g. a line of clothing that used to be made in Canada is now being made in China.
  • Outsourcing where aspects of a business, such as marketing or design, are subcontracted, often to people or a company in a different country
    • e.g. a Canadian bank’s customer services is outsourced to a call centre in India.
  • A global marketplace where your skills and experiences are marketable to organizations worldwide
    • e.g. as a furniture designer, you could create your designs in Alberta on contract to a Swedish furniture company using the internet as your connection. Or you could build your skills in Alberta and then take a design job in Singapore.

Globalization offers both opportunities and challenges

Opportunities:

  • Working and living in a different language and culture
  • Using your skills and experience to get a job outside of Canada
  • Living a global lifestyle, including frequent travel, 24-7 business hours, and online business and personal relationships

Challenges:

  • Working and living in a different language and culture
  • Competing with people from outside of Canada for jobs both in and out of Canada
  • Living a global lifestyle, including frequent travel, 24-7 business hours, and online business and personal relationships
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