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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • communications consultant
  • community development worker
  • community engagement specialist
  • corporate social responsibility officer
  • environmental resource manager
  • ESL teacher
  • event coordinator
  • global engagement program manager
  • human rights lawyer
  • immigration officer
  • Indigenous relations coordinator
  • international affairs researcher 
  • international development research consultant
  • lawyer
  • migration and border services officer
  • NGO program coordinator/officer
  • policy analyst
  • professional counsellor/social worker
  • refugee consultant/support specialist
  • sales and marketing coordinator
  • social entrepreneur
  • volunteer coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • community agencies
  • community-based enterprises
  • cultural industry
  • educational institutions
  • government (federal, provincial, municipal)
  • hospitality industry
  • import/export businesses
  • international businesses
  • non-profit organizations
  • peace and human rights organizations
  • philanthropic foundations
  • relief/development organizations
  • research organizations
  • think tanks
  • United Nations

Online Resources

  • International Development Research Centre
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation
  • Canadian Council for International Cooperation
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada
  • International Job Centre

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • career services student ambassador
  • community outreach worker
  • international development project coordinator
  • learning and development administrator
  • marketing, communications and public relations analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Justice and Security, Social Work.
  • College program: International Development, Public Relations, Government Relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Translation.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • communications officer
  • economist/policy analyst
  • founder, Future of Africa
  • fundraising coordinator
  • reconciliation education project coordinator
  • refugee sponsorship and settlement associate
  • youth hub coordinator

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in each of our three fields of study: Culture and Globalization, International Development, Peace and Conflict.
  • Identify multiple perspectives on local, national and global issues, while also being aware of how your own worldview is formed.
  • Distinguish the key theoretical and methodological approaches employed in researching global issues, and employ them to conduct research into particular problems and questions.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of how power shapes relationships between self and others, including social, economic, political and religious dimensions.
  • Display an awareness of the similarities and differences in cultural, social, and political life around the world, and the role of globalization in generating different kinds of cultural change.
  • Critically engage with some of the big ideas – such as equality, justice and peace – that shape global institutions, policies and social movements.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Lead and/or contribute to projects, including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and collaborating with others for team success.
  • Engage in collective action aimed at addressing social, environmental or political challenges.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior, including sensitivity to individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing, with approaches suitable to a variety of audiences.
  • Present information in multiple kinds of media, using current technology, for maximum reach and impact.
  • Apply practices of listening, critical reflection and argument to engage in productive dialogue across social and cultural difference.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Use a variety of sources to prepare informative reports and presentations that address specific questions.
  • Critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities and meet deadlines by managing time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions by identifying and considering all sides of an issue.
  • Tackle problems with creative approaches that turn challenges into opportunities.

Contact Us:

Vanessa McMackin, Senior Administrative Assistant

E: vmcmackin@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3968
Office Location: DAWB 5-120

Alex Latta, Chair

E: alatta@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3115
Office Location: DAWB 5-120A

To book an advising appointment or contact the GS Advisor, Dr. Sara Matthews, please email gsadvisor@wlu.ca.