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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.


Child Studies Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Apply scientific and social constructivist approaches to understand the influences impacting children and youth at national and international levels
  • Collect and analyze relevant information about children and youth from a variety of interdisciplinary sources
  • Present results from research in child and youth studies, both in writing and orally, to promote evidence-based knowledge to policy makers and service providers, as well as to general audiences
  • Communicate effectively, intelligently and constructively during discussions on topics relevant to child and youth studies
  • Identify strategies and ethical and human rights implications of working with children in settings
  • Write non-academic reports, policy briefs, pamphlets and posters to communicate about specific issues in child and youth studies
  • Critically review and evaluate strengths, weaknesses and limitations of a variety of child and youth research methodologies
  • Construct a self-directed research study utilizing appropriate research methods to effectively investigate a special topic related to child and youth studies

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 Child Studies website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Child 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.   


  • English Teacher in Private Language School
  • Elementary School Teacher in School Board
  • Early Childhood Educator in School Board
  • Attachment Counsellor in Community Service
  • Educational Instructor in School Board
  • Early Childhood Educator in Daycare
  • Preschool Teacher in Community Service
  • Accounting Assistant in Post-Secondary
  • Assistant Teacher in School Board
  • Kindergarten Teacher in School Board
  • Recruiting Manager in Higher Education
  • Personal Assistant in Community Healthcare
  • Long Term Occasional French Teacher in School Board
  • Administrative Assistant in School Board

  • Teaching
  • Childcare
  • Counselling
  • Primary or Secondary Education Sector
  • Community Development
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Special Education
  • Educational Administration
  • Government Administration
  • Behavioural Analysis
  • Mental Health Care Field
  • Project Management
  • Children’s Programming Management

  • Program Manager
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Administrative Professional
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Educational Instructor
  • Attachment Counsellor
  • Training Coordinator
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Educational Policy and Research Analyst
  • Resource Consultant
  • Speech Language Assistant
  • Policy Advisor
  • One-on-One Worker
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Special Education Technician
  • Behavioral Technician
  • Child Care Supervisor
  • College Instructor

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