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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.

Human Rights Skills & Knowledge

Human Rights Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Effectively integrate different perspectives to analyze and understand human rights in Canada and around the world
  • Analyze issues related to human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective taking into account historical and contemporary local or global struggles for social justice
  • Research and advocate for human rights locally and internationally with intercultural respect and the appreciation of participatory democracy
  • Evaluate and interpret contemporary debates related to the interconnection of social, economic, civil, political and cultural rights
  • Construct a self-directed research study utilizing appropriate research methods to effectively investigate a special topic related to Human Rights
  • Critically review and assess conflicting perspectives and arguments in human rights research
  • Apply knowledge of human rights issues to inform and inspire ethical engagement with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Clearly communicate verbally and in written form to a variety of audiences including academics, professional peers, non-profit organizations and the general public
  • Develop professional skills (practicum and independent study options)

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 Human Rights website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Human Rights

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.  

  • Research Associate in Business Consulting
  • Communication and Engagement Analyst in Territorial Government
  • Researcher for Senator in Federal Government
  • Marketing and Communications Manager in Health Care Services
  • Senior Officer of Trade Compliance in Federal Government
  • Associate Director in Non-Profit
  • Governance, Economic and Financial Reforms Consultant in International Banking
  • Assistant Editor in Book Publishing
  • Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • Lawyer in Law Firm
  • Settlement Officer in Federal Government
  • Annual and Planned Giving Development Coordinator in Fundraising
  • Assistant to Parliamentary-Secretary in Federal Government
  • Co-Founder and Chair in Non-Profit
  • Equity Officer in Union

  • Underwriting
  • Government Relations
  • Research
  • Donor Relations
  • Consulting
  • Fundraising
  • Online Media
  • Program Development
  • E-Learning
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Employment Equity
  • Lobbying
  • Teaching

  • Policy Analyst
  • Equity Officer
  • Instructional Designer
  • Research Assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Fundraising Campaign Consultant
  • Learning and Resource Development Advisor
  • Campaign Coordinator
  • External Relations Officer
  • Counsel or Crown Counsel
  • Press Correspondent
  • Program Development Officer
  • Research Officer
  • Conflict Resolution Practitioner
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Training Program Manager
  • Communication and Engagement Analyst
  • Settlement Officer
  • Giving Coordinator

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