The diversity and flexibility of your Social Development Degree (SDS) means that your career opportunities are endless. The combination of experiential and classroom learning in the SDS program will help prepare you for post-graduate programs and/or careers in fields like social work, counselling, education, communications, public service, legal and international service organizations, non-profits and other helping professions.
SDS Graduates in the Workplace
Did you know that jobs in law, social, community, and government services represent some the fastest growing occupations in Canada over the last ten years? This means that Social Development Studies graduates enter a workforce that is hungry for their skills! The high-demand of the job market, combined with the world-class reputation of our program and hands-on learning opportunities, make SDS graduates competitive candidates for local and global employers.
Our alumni have excelled in such roles as:
Campus Counsellor – Power to Change
Case Manager – Canadian Mental Health Association
Child Protection Worker – Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Community Mental Health Consultant - Government of Nunavut
Community Resource Coordinator – Community Living
Community Support Specialist - Centre for International Governance Innovation
Crisis Support Worker – Canadian Mental Health Association
Teacher, Special Education – Waterloo Region District School Board
Education Specialist – Med E-Care Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Employment Counsellor – Metro Toronto Community Services
Manager, Direct Service (Employment & Income Support) - Region of Waterloo
Program Consultant - Addiction Research Foundation
Program Coordinator – Ministry of Attorney General
Public Education Coordinator – Alzheimers Society of Huron County
Social Planning Associate – Guelph Wellington United Way
Supervisor of Specialized Services – Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Administrative Coordinator, Ministry of Community & Social Services, Ontario
Recruitment Consultant, Manulife Financial
Marketing Analyst, Microsoft Canada
Community Service Order Coordinator/Assistant, John Howard Society
Program & Development
Co-ordinator – City of Kitchener
Lawyer- Rochon & Genova LLP, Toronto
Interested in a Career in Social Work?
Upon completing the Social Development Studies program, you can apply directly to the 10-month Bachelor of Social Work program (BSW). For more information please visit their website.
During the program you will split your time between the classroom and the field. As a BSW student at Renison, you will gain 720 hours of field placement experience, applying knowledge learned in the classroom to the real-world.
Upon completing the program, you can apply to become a registered social work and enter the workforce as an experienced and educated professional.
Check out our SDS Spotlight, where we share the stories of our current and graduated SDS students.