Career Options after Women’s & Gender Studies

Career options after Women’s & Gender Studies

What is Women’s and Gender Studies?

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the development, transmission and transformation of ideas and attitudes about women and gender across societies, cultures, and historic periods. The program examines:

  • The global diversity of women’s lives and experiences
  • The interaction between gender and race, ethnicity, class, abilities, and sexualities
  • Initiatives for social change and equality
  • Transnational feminisms

What makes Women’s and Gender Studies at UTSC unique?

  • An emphasis on undergraduate student research
  • Opportunities for experiential learning
  • Opportunities to study in multiple disciplines
  • Individual student learning support via a peer mentoring program in A-level courses
  • Volunteer opportunities for upper year students in peer mentoring program

Skills of Women’s and Gender Studies Grads

  • Gather, review, evaluate and interpret information
  • Present information and ideas clearly
  • Develop interdisciplinary analytical skills
  • Develop the ability to utilize scholarly and cultural materials
  • Think critically about the production of knowledge
  • Turn theoretical concepts into action
  • Develop teamwork skills and understand group dynamics

Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Outreach Worker in Community Services
  • Research Associate in Marketing Agencies
  • Donor Relations Coordinator in Charities
  • Case Manager in Social/Government Services
  • Policy Analyst in Government or Advocacy Groups
  • Market Research/Survey Analyst in Corporations
  • Journalist or Editor in Media
  • Human Resources Associate in Recruiting

The Career Directory

Women’s and Gender Studies Grads from U of T have gone on to:

  • Ontario Public Service (Employee Relations)
  • City of Toronto (Archivist)
  • Law Firm (Employment Lawyer)

UTSC Women’s and Gender Studies graduates are working in Community and Social Services, Administration and Education.

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • Women’s and Gender Studies – MA and PhD
  • Social Work – Bachelor or Master
  • Education – Bachelor or Master
  • Public Health – Master
  • Advocacy and Social Justice – Master
  • Public Service – Master
  • Law School – JD (Juris Doctor)
  • Paralegal Studies – Diploma
  • Human Resources – Certificate (earning CHRP)
  • Marketing – Post-Graduate Certificate

Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Women’s and Gender Studies Grads

  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal)
  • Non-Profit Causes and Social Advocacy Groups
  • Social Work and Healthcare
  • Human Resources and Recruiting
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Law / Legal Services

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan

1. Do Your Research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:

Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.

Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:

  • Information Interviews
  • Working On-Campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.

Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and Charity Village.

As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.

As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.

3. Build Your Network

Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

Other associations and websites for finding networking opportunities and experience include:

Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies website.