Are you interested in helping others? Using your special skills and talents for a common good? Solving some of the world’s most complex social issues? Then you’ve landed in the right spot to start exploring careers in the Social and Human Services realms.
While both the Social and Human Services sectors offer a wide range of opportunities for any major, most people have a strong desire to solve problems and make the world a better place; whether that means being a Social Worker for a local community services agency or a Conservation Scientist at an environmental advocacy group. The majority of these jobs are in the nonprofit sector and provide opportunities to perform impactful work for a variety of issues.
The Vault Guides offer a sample of careers in social and human services work. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry level requirements. You’ll notice that some jobs may overlap with a variety of majors or industries. Access The Vault to learn more.
Fortunately, there is no one single major or degree that is required to work these industries. Social and Human services professionals tend to wear a variety of hats – volunteer coordinator, data guru, public relations specialist, etc. Individuals with a variety of skills will find success in many different nonprofit roles.These skills are highly sought after in the nonprofit sector
Practical skills are an essential part of positioning yourself as a highly-sought-after candidate. VCU has a partnership with Lynda.com to provide free skills training. Consider taking some of these recommended courses as a part of your training.
Access VCU’s Lynda portal with your eID and password.
Experience matters. Fortunately, this industry offers numerous opportunities to build experience through volunteer working, shadowing opportunities and internships.
ConnectVA Local Career Portal
Idealist Nonprofit Jobs & Internships
Common Good Careers
United We Serve – Nationwide service initiative
Change Corp – Grassroots organizing
Service Year Exchange – Paid service opportunities
Guide to Social Work Licensure in Virginia
Guide to Becoming a Social Worker
To schedule an appointment with a Human Service advisor, call (804) 828-1645 or log into your Handshake account.