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What jobs could I obtain with a degree in Social Work, Communication, and International Relations?

I want to be able to find careers in my local community or internationally with these three desired majors. major work social

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Marco,

Social Work:

Social work is one of those careers in which you can truly make a difference in people’s lives. A Master of Social Work degree can open many doors and show others you have not only the knowledge and the skills, but also the compassion and dedication necessary to work in such an important field. There are many positions a graduate with an MSW degree can fulfill, but here are five of the most popular social work careers:

Medical/Public Health:

  • Social workers who work in the medical field are always in high demand. It is projected that the number of jobs in medical/public health social work will grow by 22 percent through 2018, the highest rate in the social work field. Medical/public health social workers can work in any facility that provides care to patients, including hospitals, emergency rooms, hospices, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities and home health agencies. They work with patients to ensure they are being cared for properly, facilitate communication between them and their caregivers, and assist with paperwork and decision-making.

Substance Abuse:

  • Substance abuse social workers are employed in a variety of venues, including rehabilitation facilities, prisons, private practices, for- and non-profit organizations, and juvenile detention facilities. It is known as one of the more emotionally demanding areas of social work since addiction is hard to treat.

Mental Health:

  • While a master’s is not always required for a career in social work, it always makes you a more marketable candidate; still, one area where a master’s is required is mental health in the realm of clinical practice. Many mental health social workers provide therapy, and this requires advanced education, as well as licensure, as a clinical social worker (LCSW). As a mental health social worker – or clinical social worker – there is a diverse range of mental health services you can provide. You can work in community mental health centers, mental hospitals, private practices, hospitals and even schools.

Child Welfare:

  • Child welfare is an area of social work that requires sensitivity, compassion and a love of children. Child welfare social workers provide services to children who are abused and neglected by their parents or to children from lower-income families who cannot afford to properly care for them. Many child welfare workers work with child protective services to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect, and intervene when a child’s home environment is deemed unsafe.

School Social Work:

  • School social work is one of the more common areas in the field, and there are different capacities in which a school social worker can work. As a school social worker, you are a liaison between school and students’ families, essentially bridging children’s personal lives and education to make sure their needs are being met. You can function as a guidance counselor and also work with special needs children to facilitate their integration into mainstream classes. You are responsible for addressing a number of school issues, such as behavioral intervention programs, truancy prevention programs, sexual education, health education, crisis intervention and effective communication between parents, teachers and students.


Typical careers in communications

Communications careers in business:

  • With communications playing such a key role in any business or organization, a communications degree is a great way to enter the business world. Regardless of product or industry, entry-level communications roles will require you to demonstrate strong written and oral communication and presentation skills, along with knowledge of how a business functions across departments. There is also the potential for career development into executive, managerial and training roles after gaining some experience.

Communications careers in human resources:

  • A key department of any large business, human resources is vital for developing and maintaining worker ethics, performance and motivation. Your role as a communications graduate is likely to be in providing the right information at the right time to the right people within the company. You may be involved in recruiting new staff, raising awareness about training or professional development programs, or ensuring company guidelines and regulations are clearly communicated. Communications careers in this area will benefit from an aptitude for nurturing relationships and communicating well with many different types of people.

Communications careers in marketing, public relations and advertising:

  • Marketing, public relations and advertising are three more great answers to the question “what can you do with a communications degree?” In these related areas, communications graduates can be useful in delivering effective written and oral communication to consumers, colleagues or clients. This could be in the form of press releases, advertising scripts, company presentations and print campaigns, as well as attendance at media events and the ongoing development of professional relationships with clients and the media.

Communications careers in media:

  • Media jobs with a communications degree are large in number – as you’d expect, since the main aims of the media sector are to communicate information and provide entertainment. Whether you’re interested in becoming involved with TV and film production, magazine and newspaper journalism, or online and digital channels, media careers all require graduates with excellent communication skills, and the ability to curate and disseminate information in engaging and relevant ways.


International Relations Careers:

  • Administrator, Civil Service - assists in the formulation of policies and procedures within Government departments and agencies and co-ordinates their implementation

  • Diplomat - represents their country's interests in international issues, both political and economic.

  • Journalist - responsible for news gathering and reporting work. This involves developing contacts, inter-viewing people, attending press conferences and producing copy to deadlines.

  • Banker, Investment/Corporate Finance - advises corporate and government clients on the raising of capital, changes of financial structure, mergers and take-overs, developing tactics and publicity.

  • Marketing Manager - manages the marketing of a product from research and development through launch and work to maintain market share, including promotion and advertising.

  • Risk Analyst identifies and analyses the areas of potential risk threatening the assets, earning capacity or success of organisations in the industrial, commercial or public sector.

Who employs International Relations?

A wide range of employers, including the Civil Service, local authorities and other public sector organisations, both national and international, universities and colleges, manufacturing and commercial companies, financial institutions (especially in risk assessment and management), solicitors' firms, publishing companies and media employers.


All the Best !!

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Trisa’s Answer

SO many jobs! Think about working with an international non-profit focusing any any variety of areas, from global poverty to education for girls. These organizations need people that understand the underlying social issues, but also international variations and how to communicate in differnet cultures.