Women & Gender 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 Women & Gender Studies.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An understanding of how to investigate and assess the impact of culture/gender roles and the perception of these roles on individuals, cultures and societies and their ongoing development
  • An ability to examine trends in popular cultural, society, technology, gender, and assess the potential impact on society and individuals
  • Knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the role of gender in developing/future society
  • Skills to effectively and appropriately deliver and develop information, training and education to a wide range of people with different cultural and societal experiences and expectations
  • Knowledge of the impact of policy development and implementation on different societal groups
  • The ability to identify the potential impact of change and development on societal relationships
  • Skills to examine an organization, community, society, culture, and determine areas in need of investigation, change, development to facilitate development and co-operation
  • The ability to interpret and communicate information with awareness of and sensitivity to cultural roles

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.)

Advertising Sales/Designer
Art Administrator
Art Therapist
Business Manager/Entrepreneur
Campaign Manager
Children’s Rights Advocate
Communications Consultant
Community Activist
Community Development
Compliance Officer
Consumer Advocate
Consumer Affairs Advocate
Corporate Trainer
Corrections Officer
Court Officer
Crisis Worker/Intake/Referral
Curriculum Developer
Documentary Researcher
Employment Advisor
Equity Officer
Event Planner/Co-ordinator
Financial Analyst
Human Resources
Job Developer
Labour Organizer
Life Skills Trainer
Market Research Analyst
Media Buyer/Planner
Media Relations
Medical Health Professional
Minister/Religious Instructor
Multi-Cultural Co-ordinator
Outreach Worker
Parole/Probation Officer
Police/Security Officer
Policy Analyst/Developer
Politician/Political Strategist
Production Assistant
Program Developer
Public Educator
Public Health Educator
Public Policy Administrator
Public Relations Specialist
Publisher/Publishing Agent
Re-settlement Worker
Sales/Brand Manager
Social Planning Co-ordinator
Social Policy Researcher
Social Services Worker
Social Worker
Student Life Co-ordinator
Student Services Officer
Substance Abuse Counsellor
Union Organizer/Manager
Victims Advocate
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Women’s Centre Organizer
Women’s Shelter Director
Youth Worker

Potential Employers

Advertising Agencies
Community Organizations
Educational Organizations
Financial Organizations
Government Agencies
Health Organizations
Media Organizations
Public Policy Departments


Canadian Women’s Foundation - canadianwomen.org
Canadian Federation of University Women - cfuw.org
Status of Women Canada - swc-cfc.gc.ca
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health - bccewh.bc.ca
Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Ontario - bpwontario.org
Kitchener-Waterloo Business Women’s Association - kwbwa.com
Women in Communications and Technology - cwc-afc.com
UN Women’s Watch - un.org/womenwatch

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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