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Map out your career pathway from the start of your academic journey!

Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

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WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
at the U of M

 

Fundamental questions of equality and social justice are still very much with us. In this dynamic interdisciplinary program, you will explore both current and historical debates about women’s experiences, gender relations and feminism, history and reconstructing indigenous art histories that recontextualize museum collections and reclaim women’s voices and lives.

Skills you will gain by studying WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

  • The ability to think critically and apply both theoretical and practical approaches to develop innovative solutions to issues of social injustice.
  • A demonstrated understanding of a wide range of social, political and cultural issues that have impacts on individuals and communities including race, class, sexuality, and gender identity.
  • The ability to collect, analyze and interpret data using feminist research models that address the material conditions of women’s lives.
  • The ability to communicate effectively about current and historical debates regarding feminisms, locally and globally.

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
WOMN 1500 or WOMN 1600

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with the women's & gender studies coordinator to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Register for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Women’s and Gender Studies Students’ Association, Justice for Women and Arts Student Body Council.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Open House and other events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Community Action Poverty Simulation.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities?
Attend International Week in February for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit the UMSU Womyn's Centre, Migizii Agamik, the International Centre or learn about local agencies via the 211 Manitoba. Consider becoming a community member/representative for community boards and advisory councils.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
WOMN 2000, plus additional credit hours from women’s and gender studies courses*

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3- or 4- year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. Research scholarships and awards offered by the women’s and gender studies program.
  3. When choosing a minor, take courses that will
    open opportunities.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Feministes.
  4. Attend the MLEF Speaker Series and follow the Women’s and Gender Studies Facebook page.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award and/or the Les McAfee Memorial Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Rainbow Resource Centre, The Mosaic Institute, Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. and the Volunteers in Public Service Program (VIPS).

Check out program opportunities such as: Research assistantships, grade-marker positions and student internships with feminist community organizations.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study program, Students Without Borders internship, Badili Mtizamo! Tanzania Service-Learning Experience, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the Student Leadership Development Program or Praxis: Service-Learning for Social Change. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
WOMN 3000, plus additional credit hours from women’s and gender studies courses*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a program advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.
  4. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as Business Start Program.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: Participate in the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Search for job opportunities onlnine: Check out Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as Post-Secondary Recruitment Program. Women’s and Gender Studies Majors may be invited to join the Feminist and Queer (FAQ) Editorial Collective.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, submit an article to Feminist and Queer Review or take part in International Day of The Girl Celebration.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours program: WOMN 4100 and WOMN 4200*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a program advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance:
Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school:
The women’s and gender studies program does not offer a graduate degree. Contact your department early in the year for advice about graduate programs at other universities. Finalize your application materials and required tests. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop you cross-cultural intelligence.

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Sample Careers What Do Employers Want?

 

Industries such as education, government, healthcare and policy development would value a women’s and gender studies degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Continuous learning
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Teamwork
  • Industry specific knowledge

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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Women's & Gender Studies Program

114 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Road
(204) 474-6984, womens_gender_studies@umanitoba.ca
umanitoba.ca/womens_gender_studies

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Student Spotlight

Johise Namwira, women's and gender studies program student

“Not trying is the only way to guarantee failure. So try something new and apply for things such as: scholarships, conferences, internships and a variety of courses in different subject areas. These new challenges will help to broaden your perspective and are useful in this interdisciplinary field.” Johise Namwira, women's & gender studies student


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