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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.

African Studies Skills & Knowledge

Study_Group Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national, regional and global forces that connect the diverse peoples of Africa
  • Identify and explain many of the historical, political, economic, cultural, social and racialized dynamics that have shaped the lives of African peoples
  • Discuss some of the literatures, films, music or other cultural productions that have emerged from Africa with diverse audiences verbally and in written form
  • Evaluate the processes and consequences of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, European colonialism, and neo-liberal policies on African societies, cultures, politics, and economies
  • Critically assess films, novels, art and the media’s portrayal and interpretation of issues concerning Africa
  • Produce a publishable analysis of the cultural and social lives of different African peoples for general audiences
  • Assess and understand personal worldviews regarding different cultures and identify biases in historical, political, legal, cultural and socio-economic global contexts

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 African Studies website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in African Studies

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.   

  • Marketing Officer in Non-Profit
  • Information Officer in Federal Government
  • Account Manager in Federal Government
  • Leadership Facilitator in Non-Profit
  • Sales and Business Developer in Telecommunications
  • Communications Assistant in Federal Government
  • Non-Profit Foundation President
  • Correspondent and Contributor to International Affairs Website
  • Executive Assistant in Oil and Gas Asset Management

  • Communications
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • International Affairs
  • Activism
  • Program Development and Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Fundraising
  • Government Relations
  • Teaching
  • Writing and Editing
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Consulting
  • Event Management
  • Public Policy Development and Analysis
  • Risk Management

  • Program Coordinator
  • Programs and Partnerships Associate
  • Project Consultation
  • Marketing Officer
  • Event Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Product Development Coordinator
  • Program Assistant
  • Information Officer
  • Community Organizer
  • Account Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Officer
  • Leadership Facilitator
  • Communications Assistant
  • Public Engagement Officer
  • Program Manager
  • Non-Profit Founder and President
  • Sale and Business Developer
  • International Development Officer

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