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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.

Music Skills & Knowledge

Music Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Demonstrate a multi-layered knowledge of, and engagement with music in all forms
  • Exhibit skill in one or more areas of music analysis, composition, cultural theory, archival and historical research and ethnographic fieldwork in music
  • Identify and describe a wide range of traditions and repertoires of music along with their varying cultural and historical contexts
  • Communicate effectively, to a range of different audiences, and work cooperatively in both musical and other forms of group activity
  • Critically apply a variety of musicological perspectives and techniques in the analysis of music
  • Recognize the relationship between creative, practical and theoretical forms of knowledge in music
  • Develop an appreciation of the place of music in culture and human life, and of the relationship of various musical traditions to one another
  • Write about music in a variety of forms and styles: from academic essays, to music criticism, to journalistic writing


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 Music website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Music

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.   

  • Undergrad Administrator in Post-Secondary
  • Business Owner in Funeral Services
  • Regulatory Officer in Federal Government
  • Management and Public Relations in Music Industry
  • Publicity and Development in Music Industry
  • Multimedia Designer in Insurance
  • Mastering Engineer in Music Industry
  • Media Manager in Motion Pictures and Film
  • Library Technician in Non-Profit
  • Production Manager in Production
  • Self-Employed Professional Musician
  • Media Coordinator in Television
  • Quality Assurance Analyst at Book Store Chain
  • Communications Manager in Public Relations

  • Communications
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Arts Administration
  • Production Management
  • Media Production
  • Sound Design
  • Publishing
  • Library Technology
  • Quality Assurance
  • Business or Financial Analysis
  • Teaching
  • Non-Profit Management

  • Media Manager
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Library Technician
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Account Coordinator
  • Media Coordinator
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Music Office Manager
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Communications Advisor
  • Sound Designer
  • Fundraising Consultant
  • Production Manager
  • Professional Musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Policy and Planning Analyst
  • Arts Administrator

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