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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • bilingual officer
  • communications specialist
  • cultural officer
  • customs/immigration officer
  • dialect coach
  • editor
  • ESL instructor
  • exchange program coordinator
  • film translator (dubbing)
  • flight attendant
  • foreign correspondent
  • foreign services officer
  • import/export trader
  • international conference planner
  • interpreter
  • language consultant
  • librarian
  • linguist
  • multicultural relations manager
  • policy analyst
  • speech-language pathologist
  • teacher/educator
  • translator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • conference/convention centres
  • educational institutions
  • entertainment industry
  • government
  • hospitality industry
  • international businesses
  • law enforcement organizations
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • publishing organizations
  • travel/tourism industry

Online Resources

  • Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario
  • The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
  • Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council
  • Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • International Federation of Translators

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • assistant editor
  • bilingual business development
  • bilingual customer service representative
  • bilingual document specialist
  • English teaching assistant abroad
  • financial advisor
  • flight attendant
  • investment associate
  • language teaching assistant
  • tutor
  • youth instructor

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Linguistics, Curriculum Development, French Studies, French Literature, Hispanic Literature, Translation and Interpretation, Business Economics, Industrial Relations, Applied Politics.
  • College program: Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Teaching English as a Second Language, International Development, Paralegal.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education, Translation, Business.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • assistant travel manager
  • bilingual resolution case manager
  • bilingual resources coordinator
  • digital strategy and integration analyst
  • flight attendant
  • international policy analyst
  • lawyer
  • legal assistant
  • manager, communication, media and government relations
  • multilingual customer support representative
  • online education consultant
  • policy and issues analyst
  • property manager
  • sales support administrator
  • teacher
  • translator
  • writer

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

  • Acquire a high proficiency in both written and oral skills in French and Spanish, and a working knowledge of a third language (Arabic, German or Italian).
  • Display a good understanding of French, Francophone and Hispanic cultures.
  • Understand the development of language and the interaction between culture and language.
  • Acquire knowledge of cultural differences in communication and interpretation of language and information.
  • Recognize cultural difference and nuances when planning and organizing events and activities.
  • Refine language skills and show an appreciation for culture through the opportunity to study abroad.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.
  • Demonstrate excellent critical thinking skills to use in further studies or your future careers.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of French and Francophone cultures.
  • Understand the development of language and the interaction between culture and language.
  • Acquire knowledge of cultural differences in communication and interpretation of language and information.
  • Recognize cultural differences and nuances when planning and organizing events and activities.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Develop a high proficiency in both written and oral skills in French.
  • Translate written or spoken information in a way which accurately conveys the intended message including context, emotions and cultural subtleties.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Functional Knowledge

  • Display a high proficiency in both written and oral skills in Spanish.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures.
  • Understand the development of language and the interaction between culture and language.
  • Acquire knowledge of cultural differences in communication and interpretation of language and information.
  • Recognize cultural differences and nuances when planning and organizing events and activities.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

E: langandlitadvising@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2398
F: 519.884.7369
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, BA405

Chair

Nathalie Freidel

Program Advisor

Milo Swedler, landgandlitadvising@wlu.ca