Concurrent Education (Brantford Campus) - 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 some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Concurrent Education.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of the social context of schooling and education
  • An understanding of the role of the various educational media in the teaching and learning process
  • Experience in a variety of educational settings, including one alternative setting, during approximately 23 weeks of field placement
  • Knowledge of special education exceptionalities and services available within Ontario and Canada
  • An understanding of the psychological and sociological factors that influence language learning
  • Knowledge of developmental psychology theories and the impact of those theories on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social changes of youth
  • 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
  • The ability to integrate and synthesize complex ideas in a multi-disciplinary contex
  • Communication skills and the ability to use these skills to inform and educate others
  • Knowledge of key components and effects of mass communication on society
  • Awareness of social issues and an ability to use this to understand and anticipate future issues

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.)

Academic Advisor
Account Representative
Admissions Officer
Adult Education Teacher
After School Program Manager
Aid Worker
Alumni Program Co-ordinator
Athletic Coach
Autism Therapist
Behavioural Consultant
Camp Director/Administrator
Career/Employment Counsellor
Child and Youth Worker
Child Welfare Investigator
Children’s Advocate
Community Relations Worker
Consumer Advocate
Corporate Trainer
Cruise Ship Education Director
Curriculum Specialist
Developmental Service Worker
Educational Administrator
Educational Assistant
Educational Counsellor
Educational Material Designer
Educational Program Director
Educational Researcher
Educational Software Developer
Elementary School Teacher
Employee Program Co-ordinator
Environmental Educator
ESL Teacher
Event Planner
Foreign Language Instructor
Government Services Worker
Grant Writer
Guidance Counsellor
Human Resources Specialist
Human Rights Advocate
Immigration Officer
Instructional Co-ordinator
Instructional Technology
Labour Relations Specialist
Language Technology Specialist
Learning Consultant
Learning Disabilities Educator
Museum Education Specialist
Non-profit Program Co-ordinator
Occasional Teacher
Outreach Co-ordinator
Policy Analyst
Prenatal Instructor
Project Manager
Public Health Educator
Public Relations Specialist
Public Service Officer
Public Television Consultant
Publisher’s Representative
Reading Specialist
Recreation Planner
Recreation Therapist
School Counsellor
School Principal
Secondary School Teacher
Settlement Worker
Social Policy Researcher
Social Worker
Special Education Assistant
Special Education Teacher
Special Events Co-ordinator
Speech Writer
Textbook Editor
Training Consultant
University Liaison Officer
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Web Content Developer
Youth Parole Officer

Potential Employers

Aboriginal Schools
Boards of Education
Children’s Aid Societies
Children’s Hospitals
Children’s Publishers
Children’s Rehabilitation Centres
Correction Centres
Educational Publishers
ESL Organizations
Government Organizations
Health Advocacy Organizations
Hospitality Industries
Human Resources Departments
International Aid Organizations
Media Organizations
Ministries of Education
Non Profit Organizations
Non-Government Agencies
Ontario Early Years Centres
Outdoor Education Centres
Parks and Recreation
Pioneer Village
Political Parties
Post-Secondary Institutions
Private Schools
Public Health Departments
Research Firms
Social Services Agencies
Sports Organizations
Toy Manufacturers
Tutoring/Learning Centres
Youth Organizations

Additional Study

Adult Education
Community Development
English as a Second Language
Human Resources
Human Rights
Library Science
Public Administration
Social Work
Special Education


Teaching in Canada
Education Canada -
Jobs in Education -
Apply to Education -
Canadian Teachers’ Federation -
Ontario College of Teachers -
Ontario Ministry of Education -
Canadian Accredited Independent Schools -
Independent Schools Canada -
The Association of Boarding Schools -

Alternative Educational Settings
Universities Canada -
The Canadian Society for the Study of Education -
Foreign Affairs,Trade and Development Canada -
Canadian Society for Training and Development -
Charity Village – Canada’s Non-Profit Supersite -
Community Services in Ontario -
The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario -
Ontario Pioneer Villages -  (search “pioneer”)
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario -
Ministry of Children and Youth Services -
Ministry of Community and Social Services -
Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies -
YMCA Canada -

Teaching in the United States and Overseas
Academic Employment Network -
National Center for Educational Careers -
International Schools Services -
International Knowledge Networks -
The International Educator -
WorldTeach -
Overseas Jobs Express - 
My World Abroad -
TESL Canada -
TESOL International Association -
Sanza Teaching Agency – London, UK -
UTeach -

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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