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Discover your vocation in social work

Social work emerged as a profession in the early 20th century to promote the well-being and quality of life for all persons in society. Today, social workers continue to advocate in the public arena for the needs of their clients.

Social workers are involved in a wide-range of activities:

  • working to strengthen vulnerable families
  • counseling patients and families experiencing serious illnesses
  • rehabilitating emotionally and physically impaired persons
  • organizing to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods
  • developing and evaluating public policy
  • assisting older adults to make new life adjustments

Calvin's social work program prepares you for for entry-level generalist practice in social work. If you are interested in entering a specialized area of social work, you will need to consider graduate study in the field. Licensing laws related to human service jobs increasingly specify a social work degree as a condition of employment, making a social work degree increasingly valuable.

Career resources

You will receive Information about social work careers in various courses throughout the social work major. Consider meeting with your social work advisor to discuss your career options in more detail.

The social work field education faculty works with the career development staff to help BSW seniors prepare professional resumes and make them available to potential employers at college-sponsored job fairs.

A listing of open positions in social work is available from the career development office (Hekman Library 372).

Helpful links

Find links to Web sites that may help you explore a career in social work.

Career Development

Contact Calvin's Career Development office for help with finding internships and jobs, polishing resumes and practicing job interview skills.