University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of ones career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.
- Ability to effectively and coherently compose an analytical paper
- Ability to read, understand and critically evaluate complex scientific texts
- Ability to successfully set priorities and meet deadlines
- Ability to carry out tasks with thoroughness and precision
- Ability to understand and analyze the Quebec and Canadian political system
- Ability to understand and analyze the political systems of foreign countries
- Ability to understand and assess ancient, modern and contemporary political thoughts
- Ability to critically evaluate the arguments of others and discuss effectively and respectfully
Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.
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- Public and International Affairs ()
- Globalization and International Development ()
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- Conflict Studies ()
- Public Management and Governance ()
- Criminology ( )
- Government Communication ()
Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.
In order to list your choices, visit the website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools ( and )* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the . They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.
The (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.
Occupations related to this program
Other managers in public administration
- Federal-provincial relations director
- Intergovernmental affairs director
A bachelor's degree in a social science discipline; several years of experience in government policy development, research or program administration, or in a professional occupation in social science, law or business administrations are usually required
Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
- Immigration consultant
- Immigration officer
A bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, or political economy; applicants must take a federal public service exam provided by the federal Public Service Commission (PSC); on-the-job training is also provided for newly hired immigration officers
A bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science or in a related social science discipline; experience in a related administrative occupation is usually required
Program officers unique to government
- Federal and provincial relations officer
- Foreign service officer
- Intergovernmental affairs officer
A bachelor's degree in any discipline; a master's degree may be required; several years of experience as a researcher, consultant or program administrator may be required; successful completion of a written exam administered at sites across Canada each fall; screening by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT); new hires will enter the Foreign Service Development Training Program (FSDP)
Senior government managers and officials
A bachelor’s degree in political science or in a related discipline; a graduate degree in a related field may be required; several years of managerial experience in the public or private sector
Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
- Aboriginal issues lobbyist
- Employment equity policy consultant
- Human rights officer
- Immigration policy analyst
- International aid and development project officer
- Labour policy analyst
- Social policy analyst
- Women's issues lobbyist
A bachelor’s degree in political science or in a related social science discipline; a master's degree in a social science or related discipline or in business administration may be required; progression to managerial positions is possible with experience
Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
- Governmental employment programs director
- Public administrator
A bachelor's degree in a social science or administrative discipline; a graduate degree in a social science or an administrative discipline may be required; several years of experience as a social policy researcher, consultant or program office are usually required
Administrators post-secondary education and vocational training
- Assistant dean
- Faculty administrator
Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher
Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, .
- Media and Communication
Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.
All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible to acquire experience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.
In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.
The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces.
Ottawa/Gatineau Region Ontario
Quebec Other provinces and territories
The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit or (registration with a @uOttawa.ca email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).
North America (excluding Canada)
Job search resources
The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.
Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.
Canadian Provincial and territorial
Job search sites
Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.
Date modified: 2016-07-11