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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.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Skills & Knowledge

Study_Aerial Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Effectively integrate psychology, sociology and socio-legal approaches to Criminology and Criminal Justice to help solve everyday problems
  • Assess critically questions of governance related to the administration of the criminal justice system
  • Rigorously examine criminalization and punishment practices and ideologies in relation to questions of social justice and human rights
  • Research, synthesize, and assess controversial issues in criminology and the administration of justice
  • Critically analyze criminological theories and their policy implications with particular emphasis on issues of social justice
  • Communicate and disseminate results of criminological research to peers, decision makers, and the general public in verbal and written form
  • Clearly articulate the limits of criminological knowledge in order to address implications for criminological policy and practices
  • Collaboratively identify, analyze, and discuss issues within criminology and criminal justice in a team of peers

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 Criminology and Criminal Justice website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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.   

  • Labour Relations Consultant in Municipal Government
  • Legal Counsel in Insurance
  • Junior Program Officer in Federal Government
  • Legal Policy Analyst in Territorial Government
  • In-Line Enforcement Officer in Federal Government
  • Addictions Specialist in Home Health Services
  • Corrections Officer in Federal Government
  • HR Administrator in Renewable Energy Sector
  • Rehabilitation Therapist in Health Care Facility
  • Forensic Research Assistant in Research Institute
  • Tort Litigation Case Manager in Law Firm
  • Intelligence Official in Diamond Industry
  • Senior Auditor in Crown Corporation
  • Senior Youth Worker in Non-Profit
  • Outreach and Communications Special Assistant in Provincial Government

  • Non-Profit Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Writing and Editing
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Counselling
  • Government Administration
  • Security
  • Consulting
  • Labour Relations
  • Information Technology
  • Project Management
  • Loss Prevention
  • Wholesale or Retail Sales

  • Legal Counsel or Lawyer
  • Communications Advisor
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Investigation Analyst
  • Parole Officer
  • Program and Policy Consultant
  • Privacy Investigator
  • Child and Youth Counsellor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Contracts Specialist
  • Crisis Response Worker
  • Compensation and Benefits Coordinator
  • Theft Protection Program Facilitator
  • Teacher
  • Integrity Services Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Loss Prevention Director
  • Justice Worker
  • Cyber Security Project Manager
  • Sales 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