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  • Do you ever feel like your friends, family, and even society have different views on what you do for a living? Misconceptions about what people really do aren’t uncommon, and that’s especially true of public service jobs. Whether it’s the teacher you run into at the grocery store or the fire captain children look up to, public service professions span across areas including education, human services, fire science, law enforcement, and public administration. One trait these roles have in common is the desire to serve the public interest and further the greater good, every day.

    In celebration of public service and the work these professionals do to help keep our communities happy, healthy, and running smoothly, Kaplan University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is highlighting the different career paths and sharing enlightening information on what they are really all about with the special video series, What I Actually Do: Celebrating Public Service Careers. The series spotlights four common public service professions in the areas of education, public administration, human services, and fire science to help dispel myths about day-to-day responsibilities and highlight the important roles they play in society.

    We invite you to explore, connect, and share these videos to better understand what it means to work in public service. This inside look into what people actually do in these careers may help uncover something you didn’t know, or even hit home for many professionals already in the field.

    Still wondering, what you really want to do? Start by exploring Kaplan University’s Center for Public Service to learn even more about public service careers and the degrees that can help you pursue success in these positions. You can then visit Kaplan University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences pages and see how Kaplan University can help you get started on your career goals.* 

    What I Actually Do: Celebrating Public Service Careers series kicks off with a look at public service professions in the area of fire science. We invite you to revisit this page as we will be adding more videos soon!

  • What I Actually Do: Fire Captain

    Fire Captain

    Firefighters don’t just put out fires, they are often first to many types of emergencies, whether it’s assisting in response to a car crash or responding to a natural gas leak emergency. Fire captains have an even greater responsibility to ensure their community’s ongoing safety. Help us celebrate the heroes in the fire sciences professions by learning about what they really do to keep us safe every day.


    What I Actually Do: Public Administrator

    Public Admin

    Public servants are focused on making a difference in the lives of the people in their communities and the world around them. Preparing amendments, recommending government policies, managing fiscal operations, and determining whether necessary services are functioning efficiently bring great challenges to those working in the field. Get a glimpse of what public administrators actually do, as well as some of the misconceptions about working in the public administration field.


    What I Actually Do: Child Advocate in Human Services

    Child Advocate

    The human services field offers a variety of career options that involve having a deep compassion for helping those in our communities. This vignette gives a snapshot of the common misconceptions associated with a career in adoptive services. It’s more than just finding children a place to live, its keeping them safe and being their biggest advocate. Learn more about what people in the adoptive services field really do


    What I Actually Do: Educator


    It’s not all about shorter work days and summer vacations for teachers. Educators play one of the most important roles in society by preparing the future generations. Learn more about teacher’s work in the classroom as we celebrate what they actually do every day.


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  • *Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional academy training and education may be required for firefighting or emergency management jobs.

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