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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

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.