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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

Pathway to Faculty of Education: French

Priority consideration to Faculty of Education: French

The Opportunity

As a graduate of the Honours French program or the Honours BA in Languages program, you will have the opportunity to gain a proprity consideration into the WLU Faculty of Education. Here are the criteria you have to meet: 

  • GPAs of 75% or above in your most recent credits.
  • Experience Profile *score of 30 over 50 or higher, including 50 or more hours of relevant experience with children or youth
  • Successful completion of the written and oral exam, proctored by the Laurier Faculty of Education**
  • Satisfaction of the prerequisites of the French as a Second teachable (does not apply to Primary/Junior applicants)
  • This offer will be extended to up to 5 applicants per year in Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate, not to exceed a total of 8 over both programs.

How to Apply

  1. By Dec. 1, ask Dr. Newland, langandlitadvising@wlu.ca to add you to the list of those applying to the automatic stream for the B.Ed.
  2. Enter an application into the Teacher Education application System.
  3. Complete an experience profile and submit it to the Faculty of Education.
  4. Submit a transcript and the experience profile by Dec. 7. Your admission will be confirmed by Feb. 1. A final transcript must be submitted by June 30.

For further information:

* Consult the Faculty of Education website for more information about the experience profile           requirements
** See the Faculty of Education website for more details about the exam

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • administrative assistant
  • assistant editor
  • bilingual business development
  • bilingual customer service representative
  • bilingual document specialist
  • communications coordinator
  • copywriter/editor
  • 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, Speech Pathology, French Studies, French Literature, Hispanic Literature, Translation and Interpretation, Business Economics, Industrial Relations, Applied Politics, Communication and Culture, Management and Marketing, International Relations.
  • College program: Public Relations, International Development, Paralegal, Human Resources, Private Investigations, Public Service, American Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education, Translation, Business.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • administrative coordinator
  • assistant travel manager
  • bilingual resolution case manager
  • bilingual resources coordinator
  • community and portfolio relations
  • digital strategy and integration analyst
  • finance administrator
  • flight attendant
  • human resources business coordinator
  • international policy analyst
  • international recruitment and admissions coordinator
  • lawyer
  • legal assistant
  • localization manager
  • multilingual customer support representative
  • online education consultant
  • policy and issues analyst
  • property manager
  • sales support administrator
  • teacher
  • translator
  • visual merchandising manager
  • writer

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers identify these competencies as very important when recruiting 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.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration/Teamwork 

  • 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 

  • 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 

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

Collaboration/Teamwork

  • 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 

  • 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 

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

Collaboration/Teamwork 

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • 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.