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Are you passionate about people-centered work that transforms communities? You may want to consider building your future in Education + Human Services.

This career path is for those who want to become future educators, practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and change agents. Together, these professionals strengthen communities, address systemic issues, and support others through direct service, outreach, prevention, and advocacy. They are dedicated to the growth, development, and needs of individuals through work that includes teaching, child development, counseling, psychology, social work, social services, speech-language pathology, human resources, NGOs, and nonprofits. 

If this sounds like you or who you want to become, learn how you can move forward to help others.



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First-Gen Career Cohort: Careers in Education + Human Services

The First-Gen Career Cohort is a professional development opportunity designed to support juniors and seniors in preparing for success after graduation and starting their career path in Education + Human Services. Explore the intersections of your identity and career through workshops, presentations, guest facilitators/speakers, and guided discussions. Each session provides tools and resources for first-generation, students of color, and allies to pursue success. Applications for the next cohort will open in Fall 2021.

  • Identify as a first-generation college student
  • Junior or Senior, including transfer students
  • Interested in pursuing a career in Education + Human Services

Session 1: Careers in Education + Human Services 
Students will learn about program and community expectations, meet their success groups, and explore careers in Education & Human Services. 

Session 2: From UCSB to Career - Job Search Strategies & Grad School
Students will assess their career goals, discuss their concerns/expectations about the job search/grad school application process, and learn strategies for success from recruiters and grad school admissions professionals. 

Session 3: Telling Your Story: Strengths, Skills, Interviewing
Students will reflect on their UCSB experiences and assess their personal achievements, identify their strengths, and discuss their thoughts on imposter syndrome, self-efficacy, and achievement. Students will be completing Clifton Strengths prior to the session. 

Session 4: Navigating Your Networks: Understanding the Power of “Cultural and Social Capital” 
Students will identify their support circle in their career, discuss family expectations, and learn more about social/cultural capital/wealth. 

Session 5: My Future Work + Life: Transitioning After UCSB 
Students will define meaningful work, personal finance, and future workplaces. Students will have an opportunity to understand personal budgeting and salary negotiations. Students will also have an opportunity to discuss their concerns about “adulting” and “professional” work environments with facilitators. 

  • Attend five bi-weekly, 1.5 hours sessions from Week 2-10 of Winter Quarter on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm, and complete any pre-assignments required for participation
  • Participate in a team environment and work on a mini career/ professional development project with peers
  • Maintain a brave space to discuss career concerns and provide support to fellow peers
  • Utilize our online chat system to engage in conversations and share opportunities

Meet Your Counselor

Carol Huang

Carol Huang

Career Counselor / Coordinator

Education + Human Services

How I Can Help

My mission is to educate and empower future educators and human services professionals to support the growth, development, and needs of individuals and communities. Our conversations are centered around navigating your identity and career, understanding how your purpose and professional interests connect, and finding opportunities to prepare for your future. I am invested in supporting your career so that we can work together to create a healthier and more just society.

Learn more about me

Discover Options: Education + Human Services

For complete information on assessing yourself, choosing majors, and exploring careers, review our starter tips to Discover Options in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Careers in Education

Choosing to support others in their learning process and educational experience is one of the most rewarding and meaningful careers that you can have. This may be a great career path for you if you enjoy teaching others, working with students, or being in educational environment outside of the classroom.

Some of you may choose to directly work in classrooms, such as teaching K-12, while others may choose to support student learning in a number of different ways, including working as curriculum specialists, administrators, or student affairs professionals.


Learn More

If you are passionate about this field, check out the Vault Guide to Education Jobs to start your search on various possibilities.


Careers in Human Services

Human services is a broad area of work, but at the heart of it, you seek to support human needs and development by utilizing an interdisciplinary knowledge base. This profession focuses on prevention and remediation of problems and issues that people may encounter in their daily lives. 

If you are considering this area, ask yourself: who do I want to help and how? 

Your answer to this may be your guidepost to the most satisfying career path for you. Many people in this profession provide direct service to constituents, including therapists and social workers. Others take on leadership, coordination, outreach, or administrative roles in the field by serving as case managers, mental health advocates, human services aides, social services managers, and more.

No matter which path you decide to embrace, the work that you choose to do will focus on meeting human needs and improving the overall quality of life for people.


Academic Preparation

There is no specific major or minor that you must study in order to pursue a career path in Education + Human Services. Many students who work toward this field have been drawn to social sciences, liberal arts, and humanities majors such as Sociology, Ethnic Studies (e.g., Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicanx Studies), Feminist Studies, History, and English. However, others have entered the profession with backgrounds in science, mathematics, and more.

No matter which major that you choose, it is important to choose a major that you can enjoy and excel in. Many career paths in the field of Education & Human Services require graduate level education or credentialing (but not all), therefore you should start considering the types of academic preparation you will possibly need for any particular career path within the field. 

Consider adding a minor to better understand the field of Education & Human Services and explore career options. The Gevirtz College of Education offers three undergraduate minors for students interested in the fields of education and applied psychology. You can also consider selecting a minor that is related to specific issues or populations that you are interested in working with. For example, you could minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. If you are interested advancing your knowledge in working with marginalized communities or in multicultural contexts, you may be interested in pursuing minors such as Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice, or Feminist Studies. Check out UCSB’s General Catalog of Undergraduate Minors to explore the full list of minors and consider how it may add value to your academic experiences and prepare you for careers you may be interested in.


Informational Interviews 

There are many career paths in Education + Human Services, and you may have heard about some, but less  about others. When you speak with someone who works in the field, you better understand the day-to-day work in any areas that you are considering, and you gather insights regarding how they got there.


Learn More

To speak with someone who inspires you, read our complete tips on how to Do Informational Interviews.

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