Education + Human Services

Help Others Succeed
 

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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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John Coate

Career Counselor

Education + Human Services

How I Can Help

Needs and opportunities are abound in the career fields of Education + Human Services. Whether your initial interests are ignited by traditional occupations like teaching and social work or contemporary specialties that are emerging as we speak, I am here to help you explore the world of wonderful options that lead from UCSB. 

Offering 20+ years of experience in the helping professions (mostly with UC students!), I want to support you as you navigate your way. Let's take your first step together, no matter where you are in the journey.

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Get Hired: Psychology and Counseling

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Job Search Strategies for Post-Graduation 

While many jobs related to psychology and counseling professions typically require graduate education, there are some roles that you can pursue with a bachelor’s degree or with an additional certification. If you are interested in applying for graduate school in the future, it could also be helpful to choose entry-level positions that allow you to continue building your skills and work with populations that interest you. 

There are two useful ways to begin searching for positions related to psychology and counseling after graduation: focusing on gaining a specific skill or focusing on working with a specific population. Sometimes, you can find positions that facilitate both. When thinking about your next step, reflect on what you want to gain out of your next position. 
 

Skill-Focused Positions

If you are interested in gaining a specific skill, it could be beneficial to seek out positions which provide training in that skill. For instance, if you are looking to gain more research experience, review open positions for various universities, as many hire full-time research assistants (depending on the funding for the research). You can also look into entry-level positions, such as applied behavioral therapy, that provide you with an opportunity to work on developing the specific skill set. 
 

Population-Focused Positions

If you are hoping to focus your career on working with a specific population, you can start by gaining professional experience with that population. Working at treatment centers, mental hospitals, group homes, halfway houses, and women’s shelters can provide you with in-depth knowledge of the clients you may be working with one day. Many organizations and nonprofits that work with these communities will hire residential counselors and social and human service assistants. Each role is distinct, but they both promote interaction with the specific client population. 

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