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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.


Linguistics Skills & Knowledge

Linguistics Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Integrate tools, terminology and approaches from the field of linguistics to formulate scientifically sound arguments and analyze linguistic data
  • Compare and evaluate the effectiveness of various research methodologies and theoretical frameworks through linguistic data analysis
  • Clearly and concisely articulate differences between our own instinctive knowledge of the rules of language and how language functions in society
  • Collect, organize and analyze data from diverse languages in order to construct and test theories about language structure and usage
  • Identify and compare similarities as well as differences in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of languages
  • Describe, identify and clarify common misconceptions related to stigmatized language forms and/or varieties

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 Linguistics website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Linguistics

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 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in School Board
  • Speech-Language Pathologist in Hospital
  • Public Affairs Research Associate in Market Research
  • IM/IT Client Relations Manager in Federal Government
  • Senior Developer in Software Development
  • Client Care Coordinator in Hearing Centre
  • Senior Research Account Manager in Global Market Research
  • Marketing Coordinator in Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Project Coordinator in Telecommunications
  • Director of Communications and Research in Healthcare
  • Revenue Manager in Hospitality
  • Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • TOEFL Instructor in Higher Education
  • Senior Communications Officer in Non-Profit

  • Editing
  • Communication Disorders Services
  • Speech and Language Training
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • E-Commerce
  • Management
  • Instructional Design
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Relations
  • Communications

  • Information Specialist
  • Educational Assistant
  • Proposal Writer
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Communications and Research Director
  • Program Officer
  • TOEFL Instructor
  • Instructional Designer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Communications Officer
  • Learning Facilitator
  • TESL Instructor
  • Program Assistant
  • Communications Disorder 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