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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • acquisitions editor
  • advertising and promotions manager
  • arts administrator
  • communications specialist
  • cultural tour guide
  • curator
  • diversity officer
  • ESL teacher
  • foreign service officer
  • fundraiser
  • immigration officer
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • lobbyist
  • management consultant
  • market research analyst
  • museum interpreter
  • political aide
  • postsecondary education administrator
  • project manager
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • publishing sales representative
  • social media specialist
  • social policy researcher
  • student life/residence coordinator
  • teacher/tutor
  • technical writer
  • tourism consultant
  • training specialist
  • underwriter

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • community development associations
  • educational institutions
  • government
  • heritage foundations
  • historical societies
  • insurance companies
  • legal services
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • municipalities
  • museums/archives/libraries
  • national parks
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • publishing companies

Online Resources

  • Canadian Museums Association
  • Canadian Historical Association
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Association of Canadian Archivists

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • educational assistant
  • human resources assistant
  • legal intake coordinator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: History, International Relations, Museum Studies, World Heritage Studies, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Library and Information Science.
  • College program: Applied Museum Management, Outdoor Adventure Naturalist.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • heritage book coordinator
  • journalist
  • program officer
  • project archaeologist
  • records and information analyst
  • senior technical writer
  • 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

  • Research and interpret past and present events and identify possible future trends.
  • Understand, compile and apply diverse historical and cultural perspectives to real-life situations and modern life.
  • Gather, synthesize and analyze historical and contemporary information.
  • Identify precedents for policy development, decision making and strategic planning.
  • Interpret and compare historical and contemporary information such as demographics.
  • Authenticate materials, information and data using research for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and integrity.

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

  • Produce well-researched material, integrating current and past interpretations and perspectives while ensuring accuracy of historical information.
  • Develop interesting and effective presentation material to communicate information to various groups using current technology.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.

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:

Melissa Weaver, Academic Program Assistant

E: mweaver@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5537
Office Location: RCW 304

Tarah Brookfield, Program Coordinator

E: tbrookfield@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5792
Office Location: RCW 309