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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.

Psychology Skills & Knowledge

Psyc Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Utilize psychological concepts, language and major theories to explain behaviour
  • Critically synthesize, analyze and communicate psychological research findings in written form
  • Present and clearly explain psychological research findings orally to a variety of audiences
  • Critically review and evaluate psychological research methodology and findings
  • Construct research questions and appropriate design methods to effectively investigate a psychological problem, issue or theory
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific integrity as it relates to experimental psychology
  • Apply critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and scientific approach to solving problems related to behaviour and mental processes
  • Apply a scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes critically
  • Effectively integrate psychological knowledge, skills and values seamlessly into a variety of occupational settings
  • Explain how psychological principles can be applied to clarify social issues and inform public policy

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 Psychology website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Psychology

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.   

  • National Monitoring Center Officer in Federal Government
  • Material Management Systems Coordinator in Federal Government
  • Psychotherapist and Couples Counsellor in Mental Health Services
  • Risk Management Analysis in Healthcare
  • Assistant to Forensic Psychologist in Policing and Corrections
  • Developmental Service Worker in Non-Profit
  • Immigration Consultant in Immigration Agency
  • Senior Research Analyst in Global Information and Measurement Organization
  • Senior Youth Worker in Non-Profit
  • Business Analyst in Federal Government
  • Human Resources Generalist in Think Tank
  • Policy Officer in Federal Government
  • Web Strategist and Marketing Coordinator in Technology
  • Life Skills Trainer in Autism Resources Service
  • Court Outreach Worker in Mental Health Education and Services

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Education Management
  • Staffing and Recruitment
  • Human Resources
  • Policy Analysis
  • Event Management
  • Government Administration
  • Program Development
  • Communications
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Behaviour Analysis and Modification
  • Child or Youth Protection

  • Career or Employment Counsellor
  • Disabilities Counsellor
  • Associate Director of Residence Life
  • Child or Youth Protection Worker
  • Learning Strategist
  • Human Resources
  • Program Advisor
  • Conferences and Training Coordinator
  • City Councillor
  • Communications Consultant
  • Learning Officer
  • Specialized Support Counsellor
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Systems Coordinator
  • Planning Officer
  • Educational Assistant
  • Business Analyst
  • English Language Teacher
  • Family and Child Therapist
  • ABA Therapist

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