Possible Career Options
Entrepreneurial & Self Employment Sectors
Consultants are generally called upon when a company or individual needs help solving a problem. The consultant is there to help define needs, obtain data to analyze, and recommend solutions to the problem.
- Event Planner:
An event planner is in charge of planning corporate and private events. They are in charge of all aspects of event planning including the budget, venue, catering, entertainment, speakers, etc. Someone in this position should have a good understanding of local services and a number of contacts in different service industries.
- Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner:
An entrepreneur is someone who starts their own business. They organize, manage, and assume the risks of the business.
Suggested Electives: COMM 349.3, COMM 447.3
- Financial Aid Officer:
Financial aid officers direct scholarship, grant-in-aid, and loan programs to provide financial assistance to students in college or university. They may also select candidates and determines types and amounts of aid.
- Financial Planner:
A financial planner studies their client’s financial position and future goals to determine the tools necessary to reach those goals. They deal with tax minimization, education planning for children, retirement, and sometimes short-term investing. A position of this nature requires someone with strong interpersonal skills.
Suggested Electives: COMM 329.3, COMM 364.3
- Insurance Agent/Broker:
Insurance jobs exist to help businesses and individuals manage their risk. There are numerous types of insurance, all of which will help minimize the loss if a problem occurs. The insurance agent is the person that actually sells the insurance to those who wish to minimize their risks.
Suggested Electives: COMM 329.3, COMM 364.3
- Loans Officer:
A loans officer is in charge of evaluating and approving loans applications. They also counsel borrowers on their financial status and the various methods of payment.
Suggested Electives: COMM 321.3, COMM 323.3, COMM 363.3
Buyers are responsible for purchasing products and materials for the company to either sell or to use in the production of other products. This also includes supplier selection and supplier relations.
Suggested Electives: COMM 491.3
- Urban/Regional Planner:
An urban or regional planner creates development plans for rural areas, cities, and countries. They collect and analyze data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting the land in order to provide the best plan for the community.
Suggested Electives: ECON 348.3, ECON 349.3
Human Resources Management
- Compensation/Benefits Administrator:
Benefit analysts conduct programs for employers and may specialize in specific areas such as position classifications or pensions.
Suggested Electives: COMM 488.3
- Corporate Trainer:
Corporate trainers conduct on-site classes and workshops on topics such as sexual harassment, leadership, team building, and other human resource-related issues.
Suggested Electives: COMM 342.3, COMM 343.3, COMM 348.3, COMM 385.3
- Human Resources Manager:
A human resources manager runs the human resources program for a large corporation. They provide human resource management consultations and other related support.
Suggested Electives: COMM 342.3, COMM 343.3, COMM 348.3, COMM 385.3, COMM 488.3
- Job Analyst:
Job analysts collect and examine detailed information about job duties to prepare job descriptions. These descriptions explain the duties, training, and skills each job requires. Whenever a large organization introduces a new job or reviews existing jobs, it calls upon the expert knowledge of the job analyst.
- General Manager:
A general managers plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate personnel, activities concerned with the operation of their business in accordance with governmental agency or commission policies and regulations.
Suggested Electives: COMM 348.3, COMM 447.3
- Health Care Administrator:
The health care administrator directs administration of a hospital, nursing home, or other health care facility within authority of a governing board. They also administer fiscal operations, such as budget planning, accounting, and establishing rates for health care services.
Suggested Electives: COMM 447.3
- Manager Trainee:
A management trainee performs assigned duties, under the direction of experienced personnel, to gain knowledge and experience required for promotion to management positions.
Suggested Electives: COMM 348.3, COMM 349.3, COMM 447.3
- Advertising Account Executive:
An advertising account executive coordinates advertising campaigns for clients of their advertising agency. They work with clients to determine all aspects of the campaign so that it is executed as requested.
Suggested Electives: COMM 352.3, COMM 354.3, COMM 450.3, COMM 451.3
Medium to Large Businesses
- Business Manager:
A business manager oversees everything that takes place in a business, including decision-making. For larger businesses, the manager is usually in charge of a number of lower managers who run specific departments within the organization.
Suggested Electives: COMM 349.3, COMM 447.3
- Public Relations Specialist:
- A public relations specialist is in charge of communicating with the internal and external community on all company matters, through newsletters, press releases, speech writing, etc.
Suggested Electives: COMM 451.3
Canadian Institute of Management (CIM):
The Canadian Institute of Management offers various courses in the area of management. From these, a number of different designations can be obtained.
Certified Management Consultants (CMC):
The CMC designation is offered through the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. The courses are designed to give consultants additional educational training and practical experience in the area of management consulting. After the completion of the course exams and 3 years of work experience in a management consultant position, a CMC designation will be granted.
Certified International Trade Professional (CITP):
The CITP designation is offered through the Forum for International Trade Training. The CITP is the highest level of designation available to professionals in international trade and business. Successful completion of 8 courses and 1 year experience in international trade are required. Some of the courses may be exempt due to university transfer classes. In some instances, the courses can also be substituted by the CITP Professional Exam.
Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU):
The RPLU designation is offered through the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. It is designed as a practical educational tool on topics such as underwriting, management risk, legal issues, claims review, and marketing/sales of professional liability insurance. The program consists of 5 courses, each followed by an exam. Once these courses have been completed, the RPLU designation is awarded.
Certified Management Accountant of Canada (CMA):
The CMAdesignation is offered through CMA Canada. Once the prerequisite university courses outlined above are completed, an entrance exam must be written. Upon passing this exam, entrance into the CMA courses is given. A combination of these courses and a minimum of 24 months of relevant work experience will result in a CMA designation.
Certified General Accountant of Canada (CGA):
The CGA is offered through CGA Saskatchewan. Courses are all offered by correspondence so that it is easier for anyone to complete. The courses listed above are the best match to the program, but if another degree is completed, you can still enter the CGA program at a lower level as fewer classes will transfer. Once the foundation classes are completed, you must choose one of the four options for the remainder of courses. These options include Corporate and Small-Medium Enterprise, Information Technology, Government and Not-For-Profit, and Public Practice. The courses are followed with comprehensive exams. Upon completion of these exams and the required 3 years of professional experience, the CGA designation is awarded.
Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) (formerly C.P.P.):
The SCMP designation is the most sought-after achievement in supply chain management in Canada - setting the national standard for excellence in the profession. A comprehensive accreditation program certifies that the SCMP has attained the highest level of competency.
Employers benefit from the SCMP's unique and distinctive competence. SCMP's are recognized as strategic supply chain management professionals who provide enterprises with innovative leadership to achieve a competitive edge in a global marketplace.
Individuals with a Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Operations Management from the Edwards School of Business with a grade of B or higher are eligible to apply for advanced standing toward the SCMP designation. For more information please contact Nicole Burgess, Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada at email@example.com.
- Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs
- Canadian Association of Business Incubation
- Canadian Association of Family Enterprise
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business
- Canadian Franchise Association
- Canadian Innovation Centre
- Canadian Public Relations Society
- Canadian Youth Business Foundation
- American Insurance Marketing & Sales Society
- Economic Developers Association of Canada
- Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
- Working in Canada
- Student Employment & Career Centre