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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • autism therapist
  • camp director/administrator
  • child and youth worker
  • child life specialist
  • children’s advocate
  • community developer
  • developmental services worker
  • early childhood educator
  • guidance counsellor
  • learning consultant
  • literacy program coordinator
  • non-profit program manager
  • occupational therapist
  • psychologist
  • recreation planner
  • social worker
  • support worker
  • teacher
  • volunteer manager
  • youth engagement coordinator
  • youth parole officer

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • children’s aid society
  • children’s hospitals
  • children’s museums
  • community organizations
  • educational institutions
  • government agencies/offices
  • libraries
  • media organizations
  • municipal parks and recreation
  • non-profit organizations
  • Ontario Early Years Centre
  • postsecondary institutions
  • public health department
  • research institutes
  • schools
  • tutoring/learning centres

Online Resources

  • Canadian Association of Child Life Leaders
  • Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development
  • Charity Village
  • Children’s Mental Health Ontario
  • College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • child youth counsellor
  • developmental service counsellor
  • early childhood educator
  • English as a second language teacher
  • youth counsellor

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Social Work.
  • Master’s degree: Counselling Psychology, Gender Studies, Psychology, World Heritage Studies.
  • College program: Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Event Management, Addictions Treatment and Prevention, Autism and Behavioural Science, Infant and Early Child Mental Health.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • child and youth worker
  • supervisor/case manager
  • teacher
  • youth care worker

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

  • Integrate and synthesize complex ideas in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the lives of children and youth.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major themes and changes over time in the history of childhood.
  • Gain experience working with children and/or youth in a community setting through a supervised field placement.
  • Evaluate and analyze research and theory on issues facing children and youth.
  • Use analytical tools from various disciplines to assess current problems, issues and trends affecting children and youth.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical, social and psychological development of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions 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

  • 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:

Edward Shizha, Program Chair

E: eshizha@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5747
Office Location: Research and Academic Centre, RCW307, Brantford campus

Jennifer Burt, Academic Program Assistant

E: jenburt@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5875