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After Graduation

Our graduates are highly accomplished leaders in their communities who work in a variety of fields including education, social services, law, and business.

Students completing a degree in Social and Environmental Justice have been employed as: teachers, curriculum developers, business planners, financial advisors, youth workers and more.

Employers include organizations such as Grand Erie District School Board, YMCA, Fairmont Hotels and Resources, BMW Canada, the March of Dimes, Wells Fargo Financial, Ministry of Attorney General, United Way, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Rogers Communications, and Cooperators Insurance.

Social and Environmental Justice Students' Association

If you would like to get involved with the SEJ Students' Association, please contact Lauren Ellis or Philip Kartos.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • association manager
  • communications coordinator
  • community worker
  • corporate social responsibility manager
  • diversity and equity officer
  • environmental consultant
  • event planner
  • grant writer
  • human resources professional
  • humanitarian aid worker
  • insurance underwriter
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • librarian
  • management consultant
  • non-profit program manager
  • postsecondary education administrator
  • public policy analyst
  • social worker
  • teacher
  • volunteer manager

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • communications departments
  • educational institutions
  • government agencies/offices
  • hotels/hospitality industry
  • marketing firms/departments
  • News media
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • public relation firms
  • real estate developers
  • resettlement offices
  • tourism agencies/departments

Online Resources

  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • Charity Village
  • Canadian Fundraising
  • Canadian Tourism Commission
  • GoodWork
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Ashoka 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

  • care coordinator
  • director of client services
  • loss prevention investigator
  • project manager
  • recruiter
  • resource technician

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • communications officer
  • criminal intelligence analyst
  • fundraiser
  • project coordinator
  • recruitment and admissions coordinator
  • youth engagement facilitator

Further Education

We have had a number of former students pursue graduate degrees in law, social work, history, English, philosophy, environmental studies, politics, and religion and culture.

Laurier Brantford also has a Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE). Through an applied focus at the local scale, the program is committed to engaged scholarship informed by critical social justice/environmental justice theories and approaches.

Sample further education programs within the first year after graduation include:

  • Master’s degree: Social Justice and Community Engagement, Health, International Affairs, Counselling Psychology.
  • College program: Human Resources, Paralegal, Early Childhood Education, Addictions and Mental Health.
  • 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

  • Understand real world problems from a variety of perspectives using social and environmental justice concepts and methods.
  • Develop critical thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship skills to become social and environmental justice changemakers.
  • Act with the confidence and skills necessary to be self-directed, informed and engaged citizens within diverse communities.
  • Develop an awareness of the history, cultures and experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Understand economic globalization and democracy as it relates to social and environmental justice problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of local and global environmental issues from historical, social, political and cultural perspectives.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of emerging digital and social media communication technologies.

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

  • Research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate findings, ideas and opinions 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

  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Investigate real world challenges and solve problems individually and as part of a team.
  • 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

Brenda Murphy, Program Coordinator

E: bmurphy@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5718
Office Location: RCW 305