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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.


Journalism Skills & Knowledge

Study_Aerial Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Communicate information and ideas clearly and confidently using the full range of media formats under a tight deadline
  • Apply appropriate journalistic techniques to ensure the production of relevant and engaging stories
  • Assess the credibility and accuracy of collected information through fact-checking, verification and evaluation of potential biases
  • Critically analyze a story for accuracy, balance and personal bias
  • Edit written work to ensure information is presented coherently using language that is appropriate for the subject matter and audience
  • Develop powerful and compelling interview questions to gain sought-after information from sources
  • Produce journalism — utilizing text, video, audio, still images, data visualizations — for a variety of audiences, from traditional readers and viewers to digital users
  • Apply Canadian professional standards of journalism to careers in journalism or related fields, at home or abroad

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 Journalism website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Journalism

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.   


  • Reporter in Media and Broadcasting
  • Senior Communications Officer in Trade Association
  • Press Secretary in Federal Government
  • Television Host and Assignment Producer in Media and Broadcasting
  • Media and Public Affairs Advisor in Energy Sector
  • Content Editor in Financial Services
  • Special Sections Reporter in News Media
  • Director of Marketing and Communications in Software Development
  • Features Writer and Web Coordinator in Magazine Media
  • Publicist in Marketing
  • News Editor in News Media
  • Producer in Media and Broadcasting
  • Digital Reporter in News Media
  • Web and Communications Editor in Post-Secondary
  • Hockey Writer in Media and Broadcasting

  • Public Relations
  • Reporting
  • Media Production
  • Social Media
  • Communications
  • Writing
  • Digital Production
  • Speechwriting
  • Marketing
  • Radio and Television
  • Consulting
  • Copy Editing
  • Media Planning
  • Online Media
  • Non-Profit Management

  • Freelance Journalist
  • News Reporter
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Communications Officer
  • Copy Editor
  • Online Community Manager
  • Social Media Director
  • Editor
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Digital Analytics Lead
  • TV Producer
  • Media Assistant
  • New Media Editor
  • Online Reporter or Producer
  • National Reporter
  • Staff Reporter
  • Managing Editor
  • Radio Host
  • Lawyer

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