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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • international development
  • refugee settlement and support
  • humanitarian aid
  • international affairs and trade
  • communications, public relations and outreach
  • community economic development
  • corporate social responsibility
  • law (fields such as human rights, migration, trade)
  • ESL teaching
  • negotiation and dispute resolution
  • event coordination
  • global business development
  • program coordination and project management
  • sustainable development
  • counselling/social work
  • sales and marketing
  • tourism management
  • social entrepreneurship
  • volunteer coordination
  • fundraising management
  • interpretation/translation
  • urban planning
  • journalism

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

67 Global Studies Graduates:

  • Employed: 46.0%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 46.0%
  • Looking for Work: 2.0%
  • Other: 6.0%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • consumer experience specialist
  • events and engagement specialist
  • project manager
  • resource development coordinator
  • student life coordinator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: International Relations, Political Science, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Sociology.
  • College program: International Development, Public Relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • business technology analyst
  • director, international programs
  • founder, Future of Africa
  • reconciliation education project coordinator
  • refugee sponsorship and settlement associate
  • senior policy advisor

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

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.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork 

  • 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 behaviour, including sensitivity to individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication 

  • 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.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • 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.