I’m a graduating senior looking for advice from professionals about the human services field. I major in psychology (but lately have gained more of an interest in a sociological world view) with minors in Hispanic studies and creativity, the arts, and social change. I am interested in going to graduate school for social work (to be a licensed clinical social worker) in a year or two, but it seems there are many paths to gain experience in the field including non-profit work, working as direct care staff in a mental health facility, etc. I am unsure of how to identify positions and job functions that allow for upward mobility, perhaps heading towards case management experience. I would love to hear more about beginning a career in the field of serving communities and marginalized populations and how to break in and get professional experience starting from zero. Activism is very important to me and some of my specific population interests include at-risk women (such as BARCC or Battered Women’s shelters), queer youth and young adults, and adults with disabilities.
I am not sure what path I want to pursue. I would like to get experience in a theater company. I am also interested in youth-based community service, so I might also want to look at being some kind of mentor. Any advice on what I can do with these majors and minors would be helpful!
Name: Yaznil Baez ’16
Majors/Minors: Psychology, sociology/ education studies, theater arts
Hometown: Brockton, MA
I am interested in a career in public policy, specifically in housing, healthcare, and poverty. I am also considering community organization, political campaign work, or non-profit work. I would greatly appreciate information about if I should be considering an MPP or other grad school degree. I would love to learn about social justice and non-profit career opportunities as well as your experiences! Thank you.
Name: Noah Coolidge ’16
Majors: History, sociology
Hometown: Lexington, MA
My name is Rawda Aljawhary, and I’m searching for a full-time position or internship in the field of marketing and communications. I have a year of experience in marketing, communications, and data analysis. I’m interested in client relationship management and online behavior analysis.
I’d like to meet for informational interviews to talk about how to stand out in the marketing industry. I’d love my next career opportunity to be at an exciting marketing agency or in-house department.
Thank you very much,
Name: Rawda Aljawhary ’14
Majors: Sociology, creative writing
Hometown: Boonton, NJ
I have been struggling for awhile to figure out how my interests might match a future career. I’m majoring in psychology and sociology, and find people fascinating. I realized last semester that working in a clinical/therapy context is not right for me. I’m more interested in relationships between people and group dynamics, but from a people-watcher perspective, such as how and why people misunderstand each other. I thought for a couple months that organizational psychology is right for me, because I think it applies some of this to create a more productive work space. But I don’t know how much I care about the business world and work environments – more just groups of people in general. I’ve been encouraged to look into social psychology. I do enjoy research and data analyzing, but I don’t want to be a professor. What else could I do with it? I’d love some help on what industries I should go into. I hate to be vain, but a large salary is important to me, and that scares me about my majors and interests. If it helps, I’m outgoing but fairly introverted and prefer working on tasks alone rather than in groups/teams.
Name: Naomi Weinblatt ’16
Majors: Psychology and sociology
Hometown: Queens, NY
I am a senior studying Sociology (research track) and Education Studies. I am passionate about research and have experience researching in both majors. My current focus is on understanding social media from a sociological perspective. While I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD in Sociology in the future, I am hoping to first gain more research experience. I am interested in finding positions in social science research in the Northeast or South Florida. If you work in this field, I would love to hear about how you got to where you are, or any other advice you may have. Thank you!
My name is Meredith van der Walde and I am a senior at Brandeis, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with minors in Legal Studies and Social Justice & Social Policy. I am extremely passionate about social justice and economic equality; in particular, workers’ rights, children in the foster care system, poverty, and mental health and illness. As I consider my options for next year, I am eager to find a job where I can help people and make an impact, while also achieving a sense of financial stability for myself. I am hoping to work at an organization, such as a law firm, non-profit, or state agency, where I would be exposed to both law and social work so that I can decide which profession I may ultimately want to pursue. Any advice pertaining to law or social work in general, or specific organizations that I should research, would be incredibly appreciated! Thank you!
I seek advice concerning my career choices and opportunities as a sociology major. I have been applying to jobs in HR, reception, sales, customer service, operational support, and recruiting. I would like to do something with reading and writing, perhaps editing or journalism, but I only have academic experience with that field. Social justice and legal services also interest me, as I have participated in student activism and loved mock trial in high school. Also, I do improv comedy and love it! I am staying in the Boston area and would love to connect with Brandeis alumni. Thank you!
Name: Jesse Hart ’14
Hometown: Worthington, OH
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Junior double majoring in Sociology and Education seeking advice or an internship in Criminology. I want to go to graduate school for a Sociology and Criminology degree with specific interest in gender as it applies to crime. I am really eager to learn more about the field itself. I would love to speak to someone on how they got into the field, and any advice they may have. I would really appreciate it!
Name: Kelsey Segaloff ’15
Major(s): Sociology, Education
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL