Religion & Culture - 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 Religion & Culture.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Skilled in the investigation and analysis of the role of religion and culture in society
  • Knowledge of specific religious traditions and their impact on interpersonal and cultural relations
  • A context for understanding the social and cultural development of societies, groups and individuals
  • The ability to use a knowledge of culture and religion to plan for future development and trends in areas such as business, culture, international relations, urban development
  • Interpretation of religious, cultural and historical text, stories and mythology for the purposes of extrapolating information and understanding individual and cultural differences
  • Awareness of the impact of religious, cultural and historical events on modern relationships
  • An understanding of the historical differences between groups, societies, religions and cultures and the ability to identify similarities and bridge differences using this knowledge
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, logically and creatively
  • Research skills and techniques and the ability to synthesize and analyze information

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.)

Activist/Lobbyist
Arts Administrator
Campus Religious Co-ordinator
Career Counsellor
Church Camp Director
Community Development
Worker
Community Program Manager
Community Worker
Crisis Counsellor
Cultural Affairs Officer
Cultural Interpreter
Denominational Executive
Director of Education
Director of Social Services
Diversity Manager
Economic Development Officer
Editorial Assistant
Educational Administrator
Evangelist
Event Planner
Exhibit Manager/Designer
Foreign Services Worker
Fundraiser
Gallery Management
Guidance Counsellor
Heritage Planner
Historical Researcher
Human Resources
Humanitarian Aid Worker
Interpreter/Translator
Journalist/Editor
Librarian/Library Technician
Marketing Analyst
Marriage and Family Therapist
Media Director
Mediator
Merchandise Buyer
Missionary
Museum Guide
Opinion Researcher
Outreach Co-ordinator
Political Consultant
Preschool Director/Teacher
Public Administrator
Public Educator
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations
Religious Bookstore Owner
Religious Issues Writer
Religious Leader
Religious Researcher
Reporter/Critic
Resettlement Worker
Resource Co-ordinator
Retirement Home Director
Seminary Administrator
Social Worker/Counsellor
Teacher/Professor
Television Producer
Vocational Trainer
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Youth Minister
Youth Program Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Arts Organizations
Community Organizations
Educational Institutions
Government
Heritage Organizations
Marketing Firms/Departments
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Planning Councils
Political Parties
Religious Institutions
Resettlement Organizations

Websites

Canadian Society for the Study of Religion - ccsr.ca
Cultural Human Resources Council - culturalhrc.ca
Canadian Culture - canadianculture.com
Cultural Careers Council Ontario - workinculture.ca
Canada Council for the Arts - canadacouncil.ca
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - ideas-idees.ca
American Academy of Religion - aarweb.org


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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