The Criminology program will help prepare you for a diverse range of future employment opportunities in criminal justice, but it isn’t the only key to finding a job after graduation.

It is important to start your career planning early. Things like networking, supplemental marketable skills, and building your resume through volunteer work and extracurricular activity will also be key to a successful transition from school to work.

Don’t wait until fourth year to start building this foundation. With many demands on time, students too often put off their career planning “until tomorrow”. You can begin the process as early as first year!

Career Resources:

Criminology Office The office regularly receives volunteer and job opportunities. Check the ‘News’ on the website, your Carleton email, and our bulletin boards (outside C562 and C564 Loeb). For general career advice, you can also contact the field placement coordinator, Danette Nearing-Guibord, to set up an appointment.
Career Connection Program The Alumni Mentor Program pairs motivated upper-year students and recent graduates with an alumni mentor. Mentors are established professionals who help students and recent graduates develop skills for the workplace and expand their professional networks.
“What Can I Do With My Degree?” Explore some career titles related to the Criminology field, typical skills gained from a Criminology degree, and professional occupations and associations.
Career Services Career Services provides Career Advising/Counselling, workshops, networking events, and more. Assistance from Career Services is available to graduates for up to 2 years after graduation.
Occupational Profiles This Alberta Occupational Profiles site is a database of job descriptions. Take a look at job descriptions for positions you are interested in and see what minimum/average education and experience is required.
Charity Village Charity Village is a great place to start looking for volunteer opportunities in your area. You can also do a google search for “Ottawa Volunteer Opportunities” or for your home town. These are great ways to add some experience and skills to your resume if you have a limited employment history.
Carleton’s Co-curricular Record (CCR) program Students will be able to present this official documentation to prospective employers and graduate schools. Your CCR is designed to complement your academic transcript and demonstrate the holistic learning you engaged in during your academic career.

Alumni Profiles:

In honour of Carleton University’s 75th anniversary in 2017, the Faculty of Public Affairs is profiling 75 inspiring alumni. Here are some of our inspiring Criminology and Criminal Justice graduates.

Sue O'Sullivan Sue O’Sullivan

Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
Bachelor of Arts, Law and Sociology (‘81)

Grant Lecky Grant Lecky

Co-Founder, Security Partners’ Forum
Bachelor of Arts, Criminology (’07)

Elena Davies Elena Davies

Associate, Engel & Associates Law Firm
Bachelor of Arts, Criminology (’07)