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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advertising agent
  • author/poet/playwright
  • communications officer
  • copy writer/editor
  • digital communications specialist
  • editor/editorial assistant
  • educational software developer
  • event planner/fundraiser
  • grant writer/administrator
  • journalist/reporter
  • lawyer
  • librarian
  • literacy program coordinator
  • manuscript reader
  • marketing manager
  • program/group facilitator
  • project coordinator
  • public relations specialist
  • publisher
  • radio producer
  • scriptwriter
  • social worker
  • teacher/ESL instructor
  • technical writer
  • terminologist
  • tourism consultant

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • advertising agencies
  • business and professional services
  • educational institutions
  • government
  • law firms
  • libraries/museums/archives
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • public relations firms
  • publishing companies
  • research/marketing firms
  • telecommunications firms
  • theatre/entertainment companies

Online Resources

  • Writers Guild of Canada
  • Editors’ Association of Canada
  • Canadian Public Relations Society
  • Canadian Association of Journalists
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • Association of Canadian Publishers
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • editor-in-chief
  • employment services specialist
  • executive assistant
  • library assistant
  • tutor

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: English, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory.
  • College program: Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Resource Development.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • academic program administrator
  • appraisal management representative
  • copy writer
  • digital marketing specialist
  • editing and communications professional
  • teacher

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

  • Gain an awareness of how language and literature shape different cultures and societies to articulate the major themes of human experience over time.
  • Understand social, cultural and political perspectives on literature and the act of writing in a range of genres, authors and historical periods.
  • Engage with complex concepts and narratives.
  • Analyze, interpret, structure and edit written materials and information in print and digital formats.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Plan, lead and contribute to a research project or group, from conception to completion.
  • 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

  • Understand the relationship between information and its presentation, audience, time, place and purpose.
  • Use language to communicate ideas, information and opinions clearly, concisely and 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

  • Problem solve and make well-reasoned decisions, both individually and with others, and think creatively in order to identify and argue all sides of an issue.
  • 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.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

If you would like to get involved or learn more about the English Students' Association, contact a member of the 2016-17 executive team:

Jared Seeburger, Craig VanManen or Jacob Devries.