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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • caseworker
  • child protection worker
  • community outreach worker
  • diversity consultant
  • group worker
  • medical social worker
  • mental health counsellor
  • policy analyst/advisor
  • program coordinator
  • program planner
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • respite worker
  • social worker
  • support group facilitator
  • volunteer coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • alternative dispute resolutions organizations
  • boards of education
  • colleges/universities
  • community health centres
  • correctional facilities
  • counselling centres
  • employee assistance plan providers
  • family and children’s services
  • family health teams
  • government agencies
  • hospitals
  • international development organizations
  • long-term care facilities
  • medical clinics
  • mental health centres
  • planning councils
  • social service agencies

Online Resources

  • Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Canadian Council on Social Development

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

  • Develop an understanding of human and environmental factors and processes that influence social functioning in contemporary life.
  • Understand major social problems and strengths in the history of social welfare and in current Canadian and international social welfare policies and programs.
  • Gain an awareness of current social, community and ethical issues and relevant policies, as well as knowledge and skills, which contribute to constructive, institutional change and development.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the impact of government policies, economic inequities and ideologies related to culture, class, gender and race on individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal competency to combine self-insight with critical analysis of one’s role as a social worker in order to give fair consideration to the impact of power relations and identity in the practice of social work.

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

  • Apply critical thinking and reflective analysis in the interest of social justice.
  • 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.