By Jessie Budzinski, Adjunct Faculty, Human Services Degree Program
You have been working diligently towards your bachelor's degree, juggling many responsibilities and probably doing more than you ever thought possible. With each course that you have completed, you have become more confident in your skills and excited about your graduation and entry into the workforce.
You have also probably found yourself daydreaming about what type of work you will do when you graduate. As you begin to think about your career journey in the human services field, take a minute to think about the following quote:
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
According to the National Organization for Human Services, "The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living." One of the amazing things about the human services field is that it can provide a variety of populations and settings that you can work with and in. It can often be helpful to initially search for job listings based on your area of interest, for
As a human services bachelor's degree student, you may have had the opportunity to explore areas such as child and family welfare, administration, or gerontology. Possible career opportunities in the human services field could include*:
- Family support worker
- Community organizer
- Human services administrator
- Program officer
- Elderly services provider
- Child welfare worker
If you are new to the human services field or are worried about your lack of experience in the field, take a minute to think about some of the benefits of volunteering. Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field. In the human services field, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you're interested in. For example, if you are interested in child welfare, you could volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), where you could have the opportunity to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in your community. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.
"Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do."
—Orison Swett Marden
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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