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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.

English Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Formulate reasoned arguments through research and textual evidence on current contemporary questions faced by society
  • Communicate arguments clearly and forcefully in writing and through oral expression
  • Design, manage, and complete self-directed research projects that require independent thought, organization, follow-through, and mastery of a range of documents and texts
  • Participate effectively and respectfully in collaborative inquiry, presenting complicated problems and issues to members of a research group and adapting points of view in response to feedback
  • Manage unexpected issues and competing perspectives during the research process while successfully juggling a number of different goals and activities
  • Build historical, political, and ethical knowledge with which to understand the complex values underlying the textual culture of the past and present
  • Recognize the diversity of human experience and expression, and make the consideration of that diversity a part of reading, writing, and communicating

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 English website for more resources 

Future Possibilities with an English Degree

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.   

  • Technical Writer in Federal Government
  • News Production Operator in Media and Television
  • Website Content Manager in E-commerce
  • Donor Relations and Database Coordinator in Museum Sector
  • Marketing Specialist in Banking
  • Account Executive in Communications and Media
  • Strategic Coordinator and Issues Management Officer in Museum Sector
  • Court Clerk in Municipal Government
  • Media Buyer in Communications and Media
  • Fundraising Coordinator in Non-Profit
  • Senior Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • Information Developer in Anti-Fraud Software Development
  • Electoral Coordination Agent in Federal Government
  • Reporter in Public Broadcasting
  • First Nations Liaison Officer in Oil and Gas

  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Government Relations
  • Teaching
  • Writing and Editing
  • Broadcasting
  • Technical Writing
  • Information Management
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Logistics and Operations
  • Consulting
  • Risk Management
  • Media Production

  • Communications Coordinator
  • Community Development Adviser
  • English Language Instructor
  • Information Specialist
  • Marketing Adviser
  • Lawyer
  • Technical Writer
  • Reference Librarian
  • News Editor
  • Speech Writer
  • Casting Director
  • Copywriter
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Proposal Writer
  • Culture Program Specialist
  • Media Programming Rights Specialist
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Teacher (Elementary or Secondary)
  • Digital Writer or Editor
  • Web Marketing and Analyst

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 


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