Global Studies - 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 Global Studies.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An awareness of key issues in social change, economic development and international relations
  • Skills in identifying, evaluating and responding to issues and trends with global implications
  • An understanding of economic, political, cultural and ecological global realities
  • An ability to anticipate and plan for the effect of change on the development of a society
  • Knowledge of past issues and events and the ability to apply this knowledge, in conjunction with contemporary issues, when planning for and anticipating future needs and trends
  • An understanding of the political and social life of Third World peoples, their relationship to First World societies and the implications for global development and international relations
  • The ability to use research, analysis and communication skills to inform and educate others
  • An awareness of the diversity and complexity of global environments
  • Knowledge of culture and practices of world communities

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 attractive/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 task

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

Border Services Officer
Campaign/Elections Officer
Community Agency Director
Community Development
Community Worker
Cruise Director
Cultural Diversity Trainer
Cultural Interpreter
Diversity Consultant
Education Program Co-ordinator
Embassy Officer
ESL Teacher
Event Planner
Export Manager
Foreign Aid Worker
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Services Officer
Human Resources
Human Rights Officer
Immigration Officer
International Business
Market Research Analyst
Media Analyst/Researcher
Multiculturalism Officer
Program Co-ordinator/ Manager
Project Co-ordinator
Public Administration
Public Information Officer
Public Opinion Analyst
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations
Public Service Officer
Refugee Resettlement Worker
Resources Co-ordinator
Social Policy Researcher
Social Worker
Student Life Co-ordinator
Technical Advisor (Water,
Environment, Health)
Tourism Consultant
Trade Negotiator
Travel Writer
Urban Planner
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Community Agencies
Educational Institutions
Hospitality Industry
Import/Export Businesses
International Businesses
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Political Parties
Real Estate Firms
Research Organizations
Think Tanks
United Nations
Relief/Development Organizations


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Canadian Council for International Co-operation -
Ontario Council for International Co-operation -
International Institute for Sustainable Development -
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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.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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