Education + Human Services

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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

Get Hired: Education + Human Services

For complete information on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and more, review our starter tips to Get Hired in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Searching for Entry-Level Jobs

Many careers in Education + Human Services require that you have a graduate school education, but there are still several opportunities that you can discover with a bachelor’s degree in this area.

Check out this video for key job search strategies that are helpful for finding entry-level jobs in Education + Human Services. In this video, we walk through tips for how to start your search, identify positions to search for online, stay safe to avoid scams, develop a realistic action plan, and more.

Attending Recruitment Events

Oftentimes, recruiting events are overlooked by students interested in Education + Human Services because there is a common myth that there are no employers for you who attend the fair. However, there are a handful of employers who want to hire students like you for entry-level positions. And the best part, many are willing to train and require little to no experience for entry. These employers seek students who express interest and demonstrate their willingness to learn, leadership experience, and strengths for the profession. When approaching an employer, be open to new opportunities and explore paths that you may not have considered before.


Participating in Fellowships and Service Programs

Consider applying for a fellowship or service program that aligns with your career goals and interests. These programs can be competitive and often provide compensation through a stipend or other benefits. Research their website, attend information sessions, and consult the regional recruiters who are there to support you in learning more about the programs. 

Fellowships can take many forms but generally are short-term opportunities that are sponsored by an organization and typically last from a few months to several years. Fellowships focus on providing professional development opportunities to the fellow(s) and can encompass a wide range of experiences from research to field work. 

National service programs, such as Teach for America, City Year, AmeriCorps, or Peace Corps, may be a good fit for you if you are interested in completing a service opportunity. Each opportunity requires different qualifications and service periods, so start your research early to ensure that you choose the right experience for you.


Many of the fellowship programs that provide valuable opportunities for careers in Education + Human Services are active in our career fairs and recruitment events. You can often reach out to them in advance via LinkedIn to begin a conversation.

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