Help Others Succeed
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
Get Hired: Psychology and Counseling
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.
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.
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.
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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