Your path to a career

It’s normal to wonder about the value of the degree you’ll receive after your studies, which represent a considerable investment of time, energy and money.

You should know that a Faculty of Arts degree will open many doors for you on the job market.  In fall 2011, 86% of our 2009 and 2010 graduates were employed, three-quarters of those who had a job were satisfied with it and 53% of those who weren’t employed were pursuing graduate studies[1].

Our graduates enter the job market with a skill set that employers are looking for. Some of these “employability skills”[2] are actually considered essential (effective communication, good information management, reflection), much like some character traits (creativity, adaptability, responsibility). In fact, our graduates say that their university experience helped them develop important abilities and skills such as the following:  

  • Project planning and implementation
  • Critical thought and analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Clear and effective oral and written communication
  • Persuasive reasoning
  • Teamwork and  independence
  • Cultural sensitivity and open-mindedness

With this range of skills, plus a degree in a field they’re excited about, our graduates have a significant edge and continue to carve out a prime spot for themselves in businesses, government agencies and public and private organizations, both in Canada and around the world.

What can I do with my studies in... ?

To find out about prospects related to your particular program of study, try the What Can I Do with My Studies? tool. 

This tool, developed by the university’s Career Services, will help you decide on a program or career, while letting you get to know about the academic and personal skills you’ll acquire during your studies. The organizations and potential employers cited as examples have been specifically chosen for each program, and the tool even offers you advice to help you prepare to break into these careers.


[1] Undergraduate Alumni Survey. University of Ottawa.

[2] Employability Skills 2000+. Conference Board of Canada.

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