Graduating Social Welfare students or those expecting to graduate in May of 2009 looking for a job might want to check out the library’s selection of career and job seeking resources for social work. On the library’s main web page on the right hand side, select “Social Welfare��? in the “My Research Subject is…" field. Then select “Social Welfare Career Resources��?.
Dewey Library has many books on careers in social work for those still trying to narrow down their specialty. Check out the books in the Books on Social Work Careers section. These can provide more in-depth descriptions of various career avenues one can pursue with a social welfare degree.
For information about what career resources the University at Albany has available, as well as some basic career guides, check out the General Resources section.
Professional organizations in any field contain a wealth of information for those just starting out in a new career, including help with finding employment. For example, if you are interested in working as a School Social Worker, you might want to check out the School Social Work Association of America.(Or if you want to specialize in working in a hospice, you would want to check out the American Hospice Foundation. For more information about the social welfare professional associations, see the General Resources section.
If you are preparing to take the licensing test, you might want to check out Social Work Examination Services. For more information about licensing, see the Licensing and Accreditation section.
If you would like to find a job in New York State, you might want to check out the web page for the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). For more information about possible jobs within the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, see the State Job Resources section.
There are other specific "niche" organizations that may help you narrow your search by subject, or perspective. For example, if you would like to find work as a social worker with a special interest of working with to Christians, check out the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. For more information about possible jobs throughout the United States, see the U. S. Job Resources section.
The Dewey Library has other materials such as resume writing guides, examination manuals and other assistance for your job search. If you have any questions about these resources, Ask-A-Librarian!