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Know your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.


Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies Skills & Knowledge

Reading Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Clearly and concisely articulate differences between our own instinctive knowledge of the rules of language and how language functions in society
  • Produce written texts and oral presentations that effectively and appropriately incorporate awareness of communication strategies, audience, purpose, and context
  • Collect and organize written and spoken discourse data from a range of sources for critical analysis
  • Describe and evaluate different approaches to language teaching and learning
  • Identify, describe and clarify common misconceptions related to stigmatized language forms and/or varieties
  • Research, analyze and develop solutions to real-world problems relating to language
  • Compare and evaluate the effectiveness of various research methodologies and theoretical frameworks through analysis of language data

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   


  • Sign Language Instructor in Post-Secondary Institution
  • Baby Sign Language Instructor in Small Business
  • Client Advisor in Banking
  • Project Assistant in Post-Secondary Institution
  • Research Assistant in Post-Secondary Institution
  • Assistant Language Teacher in ESL Language Training
  • Political Affairs and Protocol Officer in Embassy
  • Program Officer in Federal Government
  • Director of Communications in Banking
  • Communication Access Realtime Transcription Coordinator in Non-Profit
  • ESL/ASL Instructor for Deaf in School Board
  • Senior Learning Facilitator in Telecommunications Industry
  • TESL Instructor in Private Language School
  • Logistics and Translation Consultant in International Business
  • PeopleSoft Analyst in Federal Government

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Interpreting
  • Teaching
  • Financial Advising
  • Program Support
  • Communications
  • Transcription
  • Communications
  • Writing and Editing
  • Corporate Training
  • Language Assessment
  • Government Administration
  • Education Management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Language Disorders Support

  • Program Officer
  • Case Processing Agent
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Communications Officer
  • Client Advisor
  • Baby Sign Language Instructor
  • Linguistic Project Officer
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • American Sign Language Instructor
  • Learning Facilitator
  • TESL Instructor Trainer
  • Program Assistant
  • Biography Writer
  • Information Management Assistant
  • Competitive Intelligence Analyst
  • Education Technology Specialist
  • Conference and Communications Coordinator
  • Freelance Writer
  • Communications Disorder Assistant
  • Project Assistant

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.


Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 

NEXT STEPS


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network