A social work degree doesn't always have to be used to become a social worker. You can use this degree to enter other social services careers that are just as rewarding and can provide a stable income. When researching social services careers, you should think about your strengths and weaknesses and consider what type of work you want to do based on those. For example, you may not have the strengths that are needed to be a social worker, but you could become a research analyst for your state's department of labor since you have some experience in preparing research papers.
If you have a social work degree and also took some courses in economics or marketing, you might consider a career in nonprofit administration. Because fund-raising is a major aspect of nonprofit organizations, you could work as a local organization's fund-raising director. You would be responsible for soliciting sponsors for your fund-raising events, preparing grant applications, overseeing the budget and training new volunteers.
Most high schools and colleges have academic advisors who assist students in choosing courses and developing career paths. If you enjoy working with young people and using your advice to help them achieve their goals, this would be a good career choice for you. Academic advisors will need to be able to identify students' strengths and weaknesses and be aware of job market trends because this is related to academics. Since you have a background in social work, you'll be able to determine some of the social factors that may be hindering a student's academic success and offer solutions.
For those who want to write about social work issues, a career in publishing is a good outlet to do this. You can start your publishing career by writing a few articles for your local newspaper and also write for online websites on a freelance basis. Write on a variety of social issues so you can have diversity in your collection of published clips. For example, you can write about the impact of being without a father in the inner city, the plight of homeless veterans, and grandparents who struggle to raise their grandchildren on a limited income.
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