The Career Doctor responds:
My best advice would be to get an internship with a social-services agency that closely matches what you want to do. If you cant do an internship, then I suggest you conduct some informational interviews with directors of social-service programs that match what you want to do with your career.
An internship is your best bet because it will give you vital experience, hopefully confirm your career interests, and give you some vital contacts that you will need upon graduation. Its getting late to find summer internships, but some are still available. Find all sorts of great internship resources, including articles and other resources in this section of Quintessential Careers: .
Whether you complete an internship or not, I would also suggest taking the time to conduct some informational interviews. These are not job interviews, but sessions you conduct with key professionals in your field to learn more about job and career opportunities, to expand your network, and to get solid career advice. You can learn more about the value, the method, and the potential outcomes by visiting this free tutorial from Quintessential Careers: Informational Interviewing Tutorial.
From my experience in the social-work area, I would also say that what you want to do would also require a masters degree in social work; of course, one of the benefits of conducting informational interviews is confirming information such as this. A nice site to learn more information is: Social Work for Graduate School: How to Get In.
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