Career Paths of International Development Studies Graduates in Canada

Career Paths of International Development Studies Graduates in Canada


▪ Are you a student or recent graduate of
International Development Studies and worried about what kind of job you will be able to
find? ▪ Are you wondering what you can do now
to increase your opportunities for future employment – whether you should study abroad,
how important it is to take courses in second languages or economics, and how to find work
when job postings always seem to require 3-5 years of experience? ▪ A new research project by Professors Rebecca
Tiessen at the University of Ottawa and John Cameron at Dalhousie University has answers
to a lot of these questions. ▪ They asked almost 2,000 graduates of fourteen
IDS programs across Canada questions about their career paths from graduation to their
current employment. Most of the respondents were in their late
20s and had about 7 years of work experience – so their responses may be relevant to
you. ▪ Here are some of most important research
results for current students: ▪ The research show that IDS graduates find
well-paying, satisfying professional jobs related to their degrees in a wide range of
fields. ▪ They work for all levels of government,
in the private sector and in the non-profit sector, mostly in Canada but also in many
other countries around the world. ▪ Over 65% of IDS grads earned over $40,000
a year and over 40% earned over $60,000. ▪ Even more important, over 80% of IDS grads
were satisfied or very satisfied with their career path. ▪ IDS graduates are also highly educated. More than half already had an additional degree
beyond the Bachelor’s level and almost 50% had plans to pursue further education and
professional training. ▪ IDS grads also had some really important
advice about the skills that helped them to find jobs, in particular management skills,
networking, writing and communication skills, financial management and budgeting skills,
second language skills and computer skills. ▪ If you’d like to learn more about this
research project and finding a job with an IDS degree, check out our website: http://idsemployment.weebly.com/

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