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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • business analyst
  • information architect
  • interaction designer
  • lead designer
  • marketing director
  • senior user experience consultant
  • startup lead
  • usability analyst
  • user experience designer
  • user researcher
  • visual designer
  • web content designer

Further Education Options

  • business
  • communication studies
  • cultural heritage studies
  • education
  • human-computer interaction
  • library/information science
  • media studies/media design
  • user experience design (master's)

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • education
  • financial institutions
  • government
  • information technology organizations
  • media organizations
  • medical organizations
  • retail companies
  • technology firms

Online Resources

  • Project Management Institute
  • User Experience Professionals Association
  • Interaction Design Association
  • User Experience Network
  • Information Architecture Institute

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

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

  • Design and evaluate content, products, services and design solutions with an understanding of the end-users’ needs and environment.
  • Conduct user needs assessment and usability testing in field, lab and online settings.
  • Apply the theories and methods of project management, design thinking and social innovation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Lean user experience (UX) design principles and gain an understanding of the importance of using multi-disciplinary teams to create better products and user experiences.
  • Make physical and digital objects using a range of tools and techniques including clay, 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers and simple computer programming.
  • Make aesthetic design decisions using visual design concepts and processes.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive social media strategy for a product or service including planning, marketing, trends, legal implications and budgeting.
  • Gain experience in digital file management and manipulation using HTML, CSS and Javascript across multiple platforms.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Understand group dynamics and apply team and leadership skills 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

  • Find, evaluate, synthesize and clearly communicate research findings in oral and written formats.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports, infographics and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Develop critical-thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.
  • 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: jennburt@wlu.ca