Program Overview

Program Requirements

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate programs are offered by the University of Ottawa.

Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. 

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. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification

Occupations related to this program

Authors and writers

  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Essayist
  • Novelist
  • Poet
  • Writer

Secondary school teachers

  • English teacher, secondary school
  • English as a second language teacher, secondary school


  • Book editor
  • Editorial consultant
  • Publications editor
  • Writer-editor

Program officers unique to government

  • Official languages promotion officer

A bachelor's degree is usually required

Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

  • Communications specialist


  • Researcher

Government managers – education policy development and program administration

  • Education director
  • Heritage languages program director
  • Learning programs director

Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Education program planner
  • Education science specialist
  • Language assessor
  • Languages co-ordinator
  • Teaching policy officer

Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Language school manager

Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

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. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.

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. Community engagement services help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. It is also useful to browse potential employers website to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development.

  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Bank of Canada
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • CARE Canada
  • Centennial College
  • City of Ottawa
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada - LAC
  • National Defence
  • Natural Resources of Canada
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages - OCOL
  • Ottawa Convention Centre
  • Parliament of Canada
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada - PSPC
  • University of Ottawa
  • Archives of Ontario
  • Bell Media
  • CBC Radio-Canada
  • LexisNexis
  • Lifestyles Magazine
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Education
  • Nelson Education
  • Pearson Canada
  • Rogers Publishing
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Canoe
  • Central Québec School Board
  • McCord Museum
  • Telefilm Canada
  • The National Battlefields Commission
  • Air Canada
  • Archives of Manitoba
  • International Language Institute - ILI
  • Languages Canada
  • Province of Manitoba
  • The Jim Pattison Group

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

Professional organizations provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. They are a great source of information.

  • Association of Canadian Archivists
  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English - ACCUTE
  • Association of Canadian Publishers
  • Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec - AELAQ
  • Association of Publishers for Special Sales - APSS
  • Association of Teachers of English in Quebec
  • Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies - CACLALS
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing - CASDW
  • Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
  • Canadian Authors Association
  • Canadian Comparative Literature Association
  • Canadian Library Association
  • Canadian Media Producers Association
  • Cultural Human Resources Council - CHRC
  • Editors Canada
  • Canadian Language Industry Association - AILIA
  • Literary Translators Association of Canada
  • Manitoba Writers' Guild
  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada - PWAC
  • Quebec Drama Federation - QDF
  • Quebec Press Council - CPQ
  • SaskBooks
  • Saskatchewan Writers Guild
  • Songwriters Association of Canada
  • Writers' Federation of New Brunswick
  • Writers Guild of Canada - WGC
  • Writers' Union of Canada - TWUC

Date modified: 2022-08-02