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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • addictions counsellor
  • admissions officer
  • career/employment counsellor
  • community development coordinator
  • criminologist
  • disability/diversity consultant
  • event planner
  • fundraiser
  • gerontologist
  • health care administrator
  • human resources/corporate training
  • law enforcement
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • management trainee
  • market research analyst
  • marriage and family therapist
  • media analyst/researcher
  • mediator/labour relations
  • probation officer
  • public coordinator/manager
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • recreation planner/coordinator
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • social policy researcher
  • social worker
  • student life coordinator
  • teacher/professor
  • victims advocate
  • volunteer coordinator
  • youth/community worker

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • community agencies
  • educational institutions
  • employee assistance plan providers
  • government
  • hospitality industry
  • hospitals
  • international development organizations
  • long-term care/residential facilities
  • mental health centres
  • planning councils
  • political parties/lobbying groups
  • social service agencies

Online Resources

  • Canadian Sociology Association
  • Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
  • Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • community engagement coordinator
  • direct support professional
  • measurement and evaluation coordinator
  • project management
  • trust and safety analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Sociology, Social Work, Public Service, Criminology, Child and Youth Studies.
  • College program: Human Resources, Mental Health, Addictions Treatment and Prevention, Government Relations, Victimology, Advanced Police Studies.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Social Work.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • behaviour therapist
  • career consultant
  • claims advisor
  • digital editor
  • disability caseworker
  • social planning and policy analyst
  • volunteer 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 an understanding of human behaviour, communication and interaction from a social perspective.
  • Gain an awareness of social or community behaviour and expectations as well as current social, community and ethical issues and related public policy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavioural components of sociological theory and the skills to apply this knowledge.
  • Understand inter-relationships of various social, cultural and community groups.
  • Develop knowledge of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles, and the ability to provide information and direction to assist in making informed decisions.
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of social problems and the human condition.

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

  • Conduct, explain and interpret sociological and information research clearly and apply this information to changing situations.
  • 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:

Sandra Dalpe

E: sdalpe@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3402
Office Location: DAWB 5-135