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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • acquisitions editor
  • communications specialist
  • copy editor/writer
  • digital editor
  • digital media content developer
  • digital producer
  • documentary maker
  • editor/publisher
  • fact checker
  • literary talent agent/manager
  • media analyst
  • new media journalist
  • production assistant
  • public opinion researcher
  • public relations specialist
  • reporter/news correspondent
  • social media relations/strategist
  • technical writer
  • television broadcaster
  • writer/author

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • advertising firms/corporations
  • broadcasting companies
  • cultural organizations
  • educational journals
  • entertainment organizations
  • freelance/self-employment
  • government agencies
  • humanitarian organizations
  • news agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • publishing companies
  • television and radio stations

Online Resources

  • Association of Canadian Publishers
  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters
  • Canadian Association of Journalists
  • Canadian Public Relations Society
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada

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 broadcast editor
  • content editor
  • editor
  • online content writer
  • sports reporter

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Media Communication, Applied Politics, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory.
  • College program: Technical Writing, Public Relations, Sports Broadcasting, Journalism.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • broadcast journalist
  • digital editor
  • freelance writer and copywriter
  • public relations coordinator
  • reporter/anchor
  • senior fundraiser
  • social media strategist

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

  • Develop excellent observation skills enabling the clear interpretation of events and situations and the ability to communicate this information accurately and fairly.
  • Conduct detailed and comprehensive research, select key information to support research and ideas, and ensure consistency and comprehensiveness of this information.
  • Critically analyze contemporary issues and how they relate to media including world issues, politics and culture, and consider these issues to improve research and writing.
  • Recognize the legal/ethical implications and responsibilities of journalists and media professionals.

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

  • Demonstrate excellent skills in listening, clarifying, questioning, reasoning and responding, and gather the most effective and insightful information to produce quality information/interviews.
  • Effectively synthesize a volume of information to create a story or message that is understandable, concise, comprehensive and accurate.
  • Understand and appropriately use language to communicate ideas and information to others who have different levels of literacy and different contextual perspectives.
  • Grab the attention of a viewer/listener/reader and convey information effectively and informatively via different media to different types of audiences, both verbally and in writing.
  • Place information, situations and people in relation to their context to understand and reflect the different perspectives and interpretations of audiences.
  • 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:

Jennifer Burt, Academic Program Assistant

E: jenburt@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5875