Psychology (BA Brantford)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Psychology (Brantford) student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Forensic Psychology specialization
  • Criminology minor
  • Youth and Children's Studies minor
  • Physical Forensics minor
  • Indigenous Studies minor
  • Global Crime and Justice certificate
  • Gladue Principles certificate

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Identify, interpret, understand and communicate key social, ethical and personal issues relevant to individuals, groups and society.
  • Use scientific methods to assess, evaluate, understand and interpret individual and group behaviour.
  • Relate psychological knowledge to personal, professional and societal concerns.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methodologies of data collection, statistical analysis and evaluation.
  • Learn and model the ethical standards and social responsibilities assumed by psychologists in their professional and scientific roles.
  • Develop strong critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

28 respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Program - Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Justice and Community Engagement
  • College Program - Autism and Behavioural Science, Forensic Identification
  • Bachelor’s Degree - Education

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • counsellor
  • hearings advisor
  • junior buyer
  • legal administrative assistant
  • private school teacher
  • youth support worker

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • anti-money laundering investigator
  • behaviour therapist
  • developmental services case manager
  • human resources coordinator
  • paralegal
  • psychotherapist
  • social worker
  • youth peer support coordinator

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • counselling/social work
  • crime prevention
  • criminal justice
  • customs/border security
  • education
  • event planning
  • forensic science
  • government
  • healthcare/rehabilitation
  • human resources
  • law enforcement
  • mediation
  • mental health
  • public policy
  • public relations/communications
  • research/market analysis
  • student affairs

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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