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

Gain Experience: Psychology and Counseling

For complete information on internships, student jobs, research opportunities, extracurriculars, and more, review our starter tips to Gain Experience in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.


As a future professional in a career path related to psychology and counseling, you want to find opportunities to actively gain skills and experiences in counseling, mentoring, and advocacy. Developing fundamental "helping skills" (e.g., active listening, cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, and decision-making) and knowledge about the areas of psychology and counseling that matter to you are key components to beginning your career. 

Some graduate programs have admission requirements for applicants to obtain specific verified hours of field experiences, while others will specify types of experiences. For example, a social work graduate program may require 500 hours of any paid or unpaid work (e.g., volunteer or internship) with a diverse, vulnerable population. As an another example, clinical psychology graduate programs require research experiences that align with the interests of faculty members in your desired programs.

For these reasons, it is a good idea to clarify the career path you would like to pursue early on. Participating in various experiences that interest you will demonstrate to graduate programs your commitment, values, and ability to thrive in the profession, but it is always best to be intentional in your plans.


Types of Experience

Whether you are interested in close relationships, mental health, or school psychology, there are many ways for you to learn and get involved as a UCSB student. Click the items below to see more.

Participating in campus organizations is a great way to gain leadership skills, develop a professional network, and obtain industry knowledge about the professions that interest you.

Consider joining a campus organization related to psychology or mental health, such as Active Minds or the Society of Undergraduate Psychologists. You can also look for campus organizations that are related to volunteerism, advocacy, or support services for specific populations that interest you.

Pursuing a position related to peer mentorship often provides an opportunity for you to engage in one-on-one or group interactions with students who may need academic, social, or transitional support.

Here is a list of a few positions that directly relate to mental health professions, advocacy, and applied psychology: 

Beyond this list, you should also consider positions on campus that provide direct student support, such as resident assistant or student mentor positions in a variety of departments. Some examples include the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Transfer Student Center (TSC), and Veterans & Military Services (VMS)

Given the theoretical underpinnings of most aspects of psychology and counseling, participating in research can be useful experience. Your research can relate to psychology, mental health, behavioral interventions, or working with marginalized populations.

Here are a few ways you can find research opportunities at UCSB:

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