Enjoy rich and unique experiences, on and off campus, to make the most of your time as a student and stand out when it comes time to enter the job market.

Gain work experience

Develop your entrepreneurial, creative and problem-solving skills by participating in learning with a social innovation component, such as a Venture Initiative course. Through courses that match you with community partners facing real challenges, you’ll be involved in project-based learning to solve a social problem.

Choose from 23 CO-OP programs offered by our faculty! Alternate between paid work and study terms to gain experience in the field of work you’re interested in. At the end of your program,
you’ll have gained 16 months of hands-on experience and met key people to ease your entry into the workforce.

Discover the world of academic research in second year. Our undergraduate research initiatives are designed to let you experience research by working with a professor, while putting concepts you learn in the classroom into practice.

As the largest English-French bilingual university in the world, the University of Ottawa offers innumerable opportunities to improve your skills in both of Canada’s official languages! You can also earn a second language certificate, proof of your second language skills and a key asset in the job market.

Give your time — it matters! Moreover, employers recognize the unique value of volunteer work. Find exciting volunteer opportunities through the Career Corner community engagement team.

Getting involved in campus activities is an excellent way to improve your student experience at uOttawa. Participate in a wide variety of exciting and dynamic activities, competitions, shows and events, or join your student association or one of 360 university clubs.

Through the Work-Study Program, you’ll not only get to earn money to pay for your studies, you’ll also gain valuable work experience!

Experience the world

All Social Sciences’ honours programs enable students to participate in international opportunities after their second year. As international opportunities complement each other, you can choose to take part in more than one during your program. Learn how these experiences abroad can count toward your degree and to learn more about the requirements.

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Once I’m ready to enter the workforce, what can I expect?

Generally speaking, people who get a university degree have a better chance of administering large-scale financial, human and material resources than people who have certificates or diplomas for studies of shorter duration than a university undergraduate degree. Your future salary also depends on your level of education and area of work. Take a moment to learn what you can do with your studies.

Many of our graduates go on to have an impact here at home, and abroad. Their strong ties to uOttawa keep them connected and engaged to help out the future generation. Learn about the ‘Meet the future you series’ and take note of some statistics on the social sciences job market. 

You can also catch a glimpse of your future professional network by visiting the Alumnipage.