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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.

Political Science Skills & Knowledge

Poli Sci Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Research and analyze politics in Canada and throughout the world from a holistic perspective
  • Critically examine contending political perspectives and evaluate a variety of political positions
  • Recognize the relevance of historic ideas to contemporary political problems through knowledge of major texts and thinkers of Western political thought
  • Apply a range of qualitative and qualitative methodologies and basic statistical methods to political research
  • Engage in comprehensive research about politics and interpret relevant evidence effectively
  • Write about politics systematically and persuasively in brief essays and longer analytical research papers
  • Form coherent verbal questions and respond articulately in group discussions

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 Political Science website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Political Science

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.   

  • Press Secretary in Provincial Government
  • Procurement and Finance Officer in Federal Government
  • Senior Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • Maritime Analyst in Federal Government
  • Translator in Software Development
  • Air Traffic Controller in Military
  • Quality and Compliance Agent in E-Commerce
  • Data and Yield Analyst in Tourism
  • Employment Lawyer in Law Firm
  • Marketing Executive in Higher Education
  • Policy Advisor in Provincial Government
  • Specialty Lines Underwriter in Insurance
  • Director of Operations in Staffing
  • Planning and Design Analyst in Oil and Gas
  • Grants Manager in Non-Profit
  • Security Risk in Federal Government

  • Research
  • Staffing and Recruitment
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Communications
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Government Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Policy Advising or Analysis
  • Consulting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Writing
  • Underwriting
  • Data Analytics

  • Research Facilitator
  • Head Hunter
  • Corporate Communications
  • Realtor
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Quality Improvement Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Education Policy Advisor
  • Speech Writer
  • Community and Stakeholders Relations Director
  • Primary or Secondary Education
  • Campaign Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Accessibility Training Coordinator
  • Political Party Organizer
  • Government Relations Assistant
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Analytics and Data Services
  • Policy 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