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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.


Neuroscience and Mental Health Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and neurobiology of the human nervous system, and how the nervous system can be altered with experience, genetics, and development
  • Communicate scientific data clearly, both orally and in writing to both scientific and lay audiences
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret data using laboratory techniques, statistical analyses and statistical software
  • Identify and understand a variety of neurobehavioral diseases, as well as contemporary treatment options
  • Critically evaluate scientific data from primary research and review articles in the field of neuroscience
  • Critically evaluate other information sources
  • Appraise and understand ethical considerations of animal and human research
  • Survey and evaluate current topics in neuroscience

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 Neuroscience and Mental Health website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Neuroscience and Mental Health

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 LinkedInSome positions may require additional education, training and experience.   


  • Research Analyst at Public Health Agency
  • Neurophysiology Technologist
  • Inpatient Clerk in Health Care Facility
  • Test Coordinator in Medical Technology and Innovation

  • Addictions and Mental Health Care
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Health and Wellness
  • Medicine
  • Social Services
  • Research and Development
  • Education
  • Government
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Policy Analysis
  • Hospital and Healthcare Centres
  • Project or Program Management
  • Medical Device Innovation
  • Technical Writing
  • Consulting
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Sales
  • Freelance

  • Industrial Lab Researcher
  • Medical Lab Research Assistant
  • Medical Researcher
  • Biotechnology Assistant
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Biochemical Researcher
  • Genetic Engineering Research Assistant
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Records Management
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Support Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Health Care Planner or Consultant
  • Youth Worker
  • Correctional Service Officer
  • Addictions Worker
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Worker
  • Outplacement Counsellor
  • Veterinarian
  • Geneticist
  • Microbiologist
  • Public Health Officer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Science Journalist
  • Medical Magazine Editor
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Neurochemist
  • Medical Librarian
  • Technical Writer
  • Audiologist
  • Dentist
  • Law
  • Psychologist
  • Optometrist
  • Food Scientist
  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Biostatistician
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Patent Officer
  • Video Game Developer
  • Policy Analyst Health Economics Researcher
  • Knowledge Broker in the Health Field
  • Toxicologist
  • Psychiatrist

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.

You can also connect with the Science Student Success Centre which helps undergraduate students define and achieve their academic, career, and social goals.

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