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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • activist/advocate
  • community development worker
  • community program manager
  • cultural affairs officer
  • denominational executive
  • editor
  • educational administrator
  • event planner
  • filmmaker
  • foreign services worker
  • fundraiser
  • guidance counsellor
  • humanitarian aid worker
  • journalist/editor
  • lawyer
  • librarian/library technician
  • non-profit program facilitator
  • public administrator/policy analyst
  • public relations consultant
  • reporter/critic/writer
  • resettlement worker
  • social services director
  • social worker/counsellor
  • teacher/professor
  • youth program coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • advertising/marketing firms
  • arts organizations
  • community organizations
  • consulting (business, corporate, non-profit, etc.)
  • cultural and heritage organizations
  • educational institutions
  • entertainment and media
  • government
  • law
  • non-profit organizations
  • planning councils
  • religious institutions
  • resettlement organizations
  • service organizations

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • administrative assistant
  • artistic director
  • management trainee

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Religion and Culture, Peace and Conflict Studies, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, History.
  • College program: Integrated Marketing Communications, International Development, Library and Information Technician.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • course materials coordinator
  • diversity officer
  • donor relations coordinator
  • policy analyst
  • program facilitator
  • refugee settlement worker

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

  • Investigate and analyze the role of religion and culture in society.
  • Understand the social and cultural development of societies, groups and individuals.
  • Use knowledge of culture and religion to plan for future development and trends in areas such as business, culture, international relations and urban development.
  • Interpret religious, cultural and historical texts, stories and mythology for the purpose of extrapolating information and understanding individual and cultural differences.
  • Understand the historical differences between groups, societies, religions and cultures, and identify similarities and bridge differences using this knowledge.
  • Acquire knowledge of specific religious traditions and their impact on interpersonal and cultural relations.
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of religious, cultural and historical events on modern relationships.

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 clearly, logically and creatively, 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.
  • Communicate information and ideas clearly, logically and creatively.

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.
  • Synthesize, analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Department Chair Meena Sharify-Funk (WLU): msharifyfunk@wlu.ca

Undergraduate Co-ordinator Erich Fox Tree (WLU): efoxtree@wlu.ca

Graduate Co-ordinator Ashley Lebner (WLU): alebner@wlu.ca

PhD Program Director Mavis Fenn (UW): mfenn@uwaterloo.ca