Program overview

Program requirements

Acquired skills

University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of ones career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.


General Skills

  • Strong critical, analytical and research skills, as well as the ability to articulate persuasive arguments
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods skills
  • Ability to understand and improve human relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to carry out tasks with thoroughness and precision

Specific Skills

  • Understanding of social causes that explain why new rights are claimed, resisted, adopted and violated
  • Ability to analyze the application and development of international human rights law
  • Strong research skills and knowledge in human rights principles
  • Ability to identify discrimination and injustice in society through critical thinking

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of graduate programs offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.

Graduate programs

Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

 In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification. They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.

Occupations related to this program

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Human Rights Commission officer
  • International aid and development project officer
  • International relations specialist
  • Junior Advisor
  • Peace researcher
  • Policy analyst, immigration
  • Refugee affairs program officer
  • Social science researcher

A bachelor's degree in a social science or related discipline; a master's degree in a social science or related discipline or in business administration may be required

Program officers unique to government

  • Aboriginal land claims liaison officer
  • Federal and provincial relations officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intergovernmental affairs officer
  • Refugee board member

A bachelor's degree is usually required; a master's degree may be required; several years of experience as a researcher, consultant or program administrator may be required; foreign service officers are accepted on the basis of competitive examination

Other managers in public administrations

  • Federal-provincial relations director
  • Intergovernmental affairs director

A bachelor's degree in a social science discipline; many years of experience in developing government policies, research or program administration or in a profession related to the social sciences, law, or business administration are usually required

Social and community service workers

  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Social rehabilitation officer
  • Social services agent

A bachelors degree in a social science or health-related discipline; social service workers may be required to be a member of a provincial regulatory body in some provinces

Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers

  • Appeal officer
  • Immigration inspector
  • Immigration officer 

A bachelor's degree is usually required; several years of related administrative or regulatory experience may be required; completion of specialized government training

Human resources professionals

  • Conciliator
  • Mediator

A university degree or college diploma in human resources management or a related field, such as business administration, industrial relations, commerce or psychology; some employers may require human resources professionals to hold a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation

Senior government managers and officials

  • Human rights commission chairperson

A university degree or college diploma is usually required; a graduate degree in a related field may be required; several years of managerial experience in the public or private sector are required

Managers in social, community and correctional services

  • Manager NGO
  • Social services centre director
  • Social services centre manager
  • Social services department chief
  • Social services department head

Managers in social, community and correctional services usually require a master's degree in a social science or administrative discipline; several years of experience in a related occupation, such as a community and social service worker, social or health policy researcher, consultant or program officer, probation or parole officer, or social worker; Managers of associations and membership organizations require extensive experience in a related occupation, trade or industry

Government managers health and social policy development and program administration

  • Chief, immigration appeals and litigation government services
  • Chief, social programs development government services
  • Director, social services government services
  • Immigration appeals manager government services

A bachelor's degree in a social science discipline is required; a graduate degree in a social science or an administrative discipline may be required; several years of experience as a social policy researcher, consultant or program officer are usually required

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Discussion group leader post-secondary teaching assistance
  • Laboratory assistant, university
  • Laboratory supervisor post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Post-secondary research assistant
  • Post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Tutor post-secondary teaching assistant

Enrolment in a university or college program is required

Administrators post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher

Related field

Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn

Related Fields

  • Education
  • Healthcare Services
  • Research
  • Human Resources
  • Media and Communication

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The Employability Skills 2000+ presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary checklist can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.

All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible to acquire experience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.


Canada Abroad

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces. 

In Canada

Ottawa/Gatineau Region Ontario

Quebec Other provinces and territories


The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit Skill Clear or MyWorldAbroad (registration with a email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).

Established globally

North America (excluding Canada)






Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

Canadian Provincial and territorial

American International

Job search sites

Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.

Canadian International

General Job Search Websites

Date modified : 2016-06-13