Youth and Children's 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 Youth and Children.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • The ability to integrate and synthesize complex ideas in a multi-disciplinary context
  • An interdisciplinary understanding of the lives of children and youth
  • Knowledge of the major themes in the history of childhood
  • Experience working with children and/or youth in a community setting, through a supervised field placement
  • The skills to evaluate and analyze research and theory on issues facing children and youth
  • The ability to use analytical tools from various disciplines to assess current problems, issues, and trends affecting children and youth
  • Knowledge of the physical and psychological development of infants, children, adolescents and young adults
  • Ability to research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate findings in oral and written formats

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.)

Academic Advisor
After School Program Manager
Aid Worker
Autism Therapist
Behavioural Consultant
Camp Director / Administrator
Career / Employment Counsellor
Child and Youth Worker
Child Life Specialist
Child Welfare Investigator
Children’s Advocate
Community Developer
Community Researcher
Early Childhood Educator
Educational Administrator
ESL Teacher
Environmental Educator
Developmental Service Worker
Diversity and Equity Officer
Event Planner
Fundraising and Development
Guest Services Coordinator
Guidance Counsellor
Immigration Officer
Learning Consultant
Learning Disabilities Educator
Literacy Program Co-ordinator
Museum Education Specialist
Non-Profit Program Coordinator
Occupational Therapist
Outreach Coordinator
Public Engagement Coordinator
Public Health Educator
Public Service Officer
Prenatal Instructor
Reading Specialist
Recreation Planner
Recruitment Officer
Refugee Worker
Research Analyst/Assistant
Social Worker
Special Education Teacher
Speech Language Pathologist
Training Specialist
Post-secondary Liaison Officer
Volunteer Manager
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Youth Parole Officer

Potential Employers

Boards of Education
Big Brothers / Big Sisters
Children’s Aid Society
Children’s Museum
Children’s Hospital
Community Organization
Educational Institution
Government Agencies / Offices
Municipal Parks and Recreation
Media Organization
Non-Governmental Organization
Non-Profit Organization
Ontario Early Years Centre
Private School
Post-Secondary Institution
Public Health Department
Research Institute
Tutoring / Learning Centre
United Nations



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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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