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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.

French Skills & Knowledge

French Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Proficiently compose, edit and revise written French with accurate use of grammar, language structure and communication strategies
  • Speak the French language with advanced fluency on a variety of topics
  • Adjust the usage of the French language to appropriately communicate with diverse audiences
  • Analyze, critique and interpret written text as well as complex literary and linguistic issues to develop concise and intelligent arguments
  • Using a variety of approaches, identify and analyse the main characteristics of French literature and linguistics as well as understand and apply leading concepts in both fields
  • Gather, interpret, and evaluate textual information and linguistic data in French literature and linguistics in a coherent and logical manner
  • Identify and analyze the main characteristics of French literature and linguistics through a variety of approaches
  • Understand and apply leading concepts and theories to the study of French literature and linguistics
  • Develop, support and explain complex ideas in French by applying critical thinking to readings and discussions in French literature and linguistics, as they relate to a variety of issues

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 French Department website for more resources 

Future Possibilities with a French 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.   

  • Teacher in Public School Board
  • Systems Librarian in Public Library System
  • Communications Coordinator in Federal Government
  • Communications Officer in Policing Agency
  • Language Evaluator in Federal Government
  • Strategic Support Coordinator in Municipal Government
  • Corporate Labour Relations in Federal Government
  • Policy Advisor in Federal Government
  • Director of Marketing and Operations in Higher Education
  • Social Media Specialist in Digital Marketing
  • Office Manager in Telecom Consulting
  • Corporate Travel Manager in Hospitality and Tourism
  • President in Property Management

  • Language Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • Translation
  • Communications
  • Education Management
  • Government Administration
  • Policy Advising or Development
  • Information Services
  • Non-Profit Organization Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Operations Management
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Travel Management
  • Human Resources
  • Investment Planning

  • Language Evaluator
  • Elementary French Teacher
  • Secondary French Teacher
  • Policy Advisor
  • Strategic Support Coordinator
  • Communications Officer
  • Library and Information Professional
  • Research Analyst
  • Corporate Travel Manager
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Banking Advisor
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Specialized Language Trainer
  • Events and Marketing Coordinator
  • Social Media Lead
  • Corporate Communications
  • Visa Clerk
  • French Language Consultant
  • Business Consultant
  • Labour Relations Consultant

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