Graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree prepares you for many careers. A Bachelor of Arts provides skills and knowledge that are invaluable in any profession. these skills include the ability to do advanced research, communicate ideas successfully, work independently or in groups, meet deadlines, and manage time effectively.
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Taking a major in Conflict Resolution Studies will give you skills that apply to any work situation. Conflict resolution skills are highly marketable in fields such as management, human resources, education, insurance, sales, criminal justice, law, counseling, and social work, among others.
You may want to consider combining your Conflict Resolution major with another compatible major or minor. For example, you might want to take Conflict Resolution Studies with International Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration or Politics.
Employers may not specifically ask for a degree in Conflict Resolution Studies, but consider whether the skills you have match those they value in an employee. Contact the employer, chat with him or her, talk about yourself and the skills you have. Sell yourself and the merits of your degree. Where you look for work and how assertively you present yourself will make a difference.
Many graduates will further their studies with a Masters degree in Peace Studies or Conflict Management Studies. Others work as mediators or provide workplace training in basic conflict resolution skills. Some graduates work with prisoners as they plan to leave the prison system. there are also graduates who are employed as Ombudspeople, mortgage consultants, project managers, employment officers, drop-in centre program coordinators, overseas peace workers, curriculum developers for school peer-mediation programs, social workers, and lawyers. There are many career opportunities available to you - your degree will open up a world of possibilities!
A major in International Development Studies equips you with skills that apply in any work situation and, in particular, you gain skills for specialized work in developing communities and countries. Moreover, International Development Studies provide you with a new perspective on politics and economics that helps you understand society and relate to other cultures.
What you do with an International Development Studies degree is up to you, but we can make a few recommendations. If you take International Development Studies, combine it with another compatible major; a double major is great preparation for a career or graduate studies. For example, you might want to take International Development Studies with Conflict Resolution, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History or Geography.
The career you find may not be advertised in the local newspaper or posted online. Employers may not specifically ask for a degree in International Development Studies, but look at the skills you have and decide whether or not they match the skills they are searching for. Contact the employer, chat with him or her, talk about yourself and the skills you have. Sell yourself and the merits of your degree. Where you look for work and how assertively you present yourself will make a difference.
Several of our graduates continue their studies with a Masters degree in International Development and Environmental Studies. One of our graduates was Co-director of a refugee camp in Rwanda. Others are working for the United Nations or Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Several of our graduates are working overseas for non-governmental organizations in fields such as agriculture, economics, education, human rights and water purification. Some are working in Thailand or Ghana helping women develop skills in the handicraft market so they can leave the sex trade. One of our graduates was the Director of Student Housing at the University of Manitoba.
The field of International Development is vast and varied – your degree will open up a world of possibilities!