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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • arts and heritage advisor
  • community developer
  • community-industry liaison
  • cultural resources manager
  • employment equity officer
  • environmental consultant
  • fundraiser
  • grant writer
  • Indigenous community liaison officer
  • Indigenous language specialist
  • intergovernmental officer
  • journalist
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • multiculturalism educator
  • policy analyst
  • public administrator
  • researcher
  • social worker
  • teacher

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • community organizations
  • consulting firms
  • corporations
  • educational institutions
  • First Nations communities and political organizations
  • government agencies/offices
  • international organizations
  • law firms
  • media organizations
  • non-profit agencies
  • non-governmental organizations
  • political organizations
  • postsecondary institutions
  • research institutes

Online Resources

  • AboriginalCareers.ca
  • Inclusion Network
  • First Nations Jobs Online
  • Charity Village
  • Aboriginal Business Directory
  • Talent Egg Aboriginal Career Guide

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Indigenous court worker
  • cultural coordinator
  • support counsellor
  • teacher

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Social Justice and Community Engagement, Social Work.
  • College program: Community and Social Services Management, Paralegal, Public Relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

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 a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives and worldviews, as well as the history, cultures and experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.
  • Understand the complex issues of Indigenous identity and government policy implications including land, labour, economy and autonomy.
  • Examine the principles of anthropology and archaeology in the context of Indigenous issues.
  • Demonstrate Indigenous cultural knowledge about ecology, pedagogy and gender.
  • Develop an appreciation for the vibrancy of Haudenosaunee culture from a Haudenosaunee perspective.
  • Gain research design skills using Indigenous research theories and methods.

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

  • Develop intercultural communication skills and awareness.
  • Research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate findings in oral and written formats.
  • 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.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills and demonstrate an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.
  • 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:

Program Coordinator: Lianne Leddy

E: lleddy@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x4848
Office Location: RCE317, Research and Academic Centre East, Brantford Campus

Academic Program Assistant: Celine Taillefer-Travers

E: ctravers@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5979
Office Location: RCE312