Human Rights and Human Diversity - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees.  The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Human Rights and Human Diversity.

Specific Knowledge and Skills

•    An understanding of how to apply logic and reasoning to current events and cultural issues
•    Analytical skills, particularly in assessing and evaluating current problems, issues and trends
•    An understanding of the historical development of cultural diversity and multiculturalism policies in Canada
•    Knowledge of civil and political rights and the institutions that protect them
•    An understanding of how health encourages and supports social justice pursuits at the local and international level
•    Awareness of the relationship between environmental and human rights issues
•    An overview of human rights within Canada and their impact on public policy
•    Knowledge of the United Nations as an institution of global governance over contemporary issues
•    An understanding of the philosophy behind human rights principles
•    Awareness of how cultural practices interact with international human rights

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

•    The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
•    The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
•    Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
•    The ability to develop effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

•    The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
•    The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
•    Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
•    Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support  and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

•    Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
•    An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
•    The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end; including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing tasks


Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Communications Specialist
Community Relations Specialist
Community Worker
Country Director
Court Reporter
Cultural Diversity Trainer
Cultural Interpreter
Developmental Service Worker
Diversity and Equity Officer
Economic Development Officer
Education and Campaigns
ESL Teacher
Event Planner
Foreign Service Officer

Fundraising and Development
Government Services Worker
Grant Writer
Human Resources Specialist
Human Rights Officer
Humanitarian Aid Worker
Immigrant Settlement Worker
Immigration Officer
International Development
Labour Relations Specialist
Management Consultant
Media Relations Specialist
Multiculturalism Officer
Office Manager

Outreach Co-ordinator
Police Officer
Policy Analyst
Program Co-ordinator
Project Manager
Public Engagement Co-ordinator
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations Specialist
Public Service Officer
Refugee Worker
Social Worker
Training Specialist
Volunteer Manager
Youth Engagement Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Community Organizations
Consulting Firms
Educational Institutions
Government Agencies/Offices

International Organizations
Law Firms
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Agencies
Non-Governmental Organizations

Political Parties
Post-Secondary Institutions
Research Institutes
United Nations

Additional Study

Business Administration
Community Development
Human Resources
Human Rights & Social Justice

Industrial Relations
International Development
Labour Studies

Peace & Conflict Studies
Public Administration
Public Policy
Social Work


Amnesty International (Canada) -
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada -
Charity Village – Canada’s non-profit supersite -
Citizenship and Immigration Canada -
Defence for Children International -
Directory of Development Organizations -
Human Rights Internet -
Human Rights Watch -
Humanitarian Relief Community -
United Nations Human Rights -
The Communication Initiative Network -
Transitions Abroad -
United Nations Association in Canada -
World University Service of Canada -
World Accord -


Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.


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