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I have my Masters in Social Work, and I work in the field of social services so I can share how I got here and a little of what I know from working in the field.
I got my bachelors in sociology and philosophy, both great subjects but not necessary for working in the social services. After my bachelors I did a years long term of service in AmeriCorps which helped me gain some more concrete social service skills. I then attended two more years of school to get my Masters in Social work which has ultimately allowed me to work in the field of social services.
I have colleagues who took different paths from me. For example, several of my colleagues did their bachelors in social work, which allowed them to work in social services directly out of undergrad. Others who took this path were able to knock a year off of their masters program, getting a masters degree in just one year.
Social Services is a broad field, so you might want to first explore what realm of social services you want to work in.
If you want to work in shelters, child welfare, adult protective services, etc, social work might be a good major for you. If you're interested in working in food banks, or medical clinics or things in the health field you could look at a degree in public health. If you want to work in local government services, like city planning or administration you could look at degrees in public administration. You have tons of options! So take some time to talk to professionals in places that you might be interested in working, and try to decide what direction you want to go.
Amber recommends the following next steps:
- Google jobs that you might want to have and find people who work in those jobs in your town. Send those people an email and ask them questions about their job!
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