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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.

Public Affairs and Policy Management Skills & Knowledge

Study_Group 7 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the political, economic, social and legal processes, practices and interactions that shape public institutions and organizations
  • Identify and methodically analyze policy issues in a domestic or international context
  • Clearly communicate knowledge of public policy in verbal and written form
  • Research, analyze and evaluate public policy to help formulate improved policy strategies
  • Identify relevant policy issues in order to develop and propose possible solutions
  • Explain the ethical dimensions of developing public policy
  • Debate public policy in a variety of academic and non-academic contexts
  • Engage in public advocacy while integrating the interest of stakeholders and community

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 Public Affairs and Policy Management website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Public Affairs and Policy Management

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.

  • External Communication Vice-President in International Non-Profit
  • Post Grad Researcher in Higher Education
  • Public Relations and Marketing in Food Marketing and Sales
  • Community Development Coordinator in Municipal Government
  • Development Manager in Non-Profit
  • Program Officer in Non-Profit
  • Knowledge Management and Communication Consultant in Non-Profit
  • Student Leadership Development Coordinator in Non-Profit
  • Senior Economist in Federal Government
  • Grant Writer in Non-Profit
  • Program Officer in IT
  • Research Officer in Federal Government
  • Campaigns Officer in Non-Profit
  • Teacher in ESL Language School
  • Senior Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • Member of Parliament

  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Consulting
  • Quality Assurance
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Administration
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research
  • Writing and Editing
  • Asset Management
  • Communications
  • Accounting
  • Development Management
  • Business Analysis

  • Asset Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Information Officer
  • Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Program and Performance Analyst
  • Economic Analyst
  • Research Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Program Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Trade Policy Officer
  • Evaluation Analyst
  • Privacy Investigator
  • Data Analyst
  • Regulation Analyst
  • Policy Advisor
  • Program Planner
  • Foreign Officer Intern
  • Evaluation Manager

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