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Career Resources for Social Work Students

If you’re a social welfare student, chances are you’ll be looking for jobs in the near future. Even if it’s your first semester, it’s never too early to see what resources can help you find a career in social work. In this post, we’ll talk about different avenues you can take when it comes to finding a job. The Dewey Library, professional associations, and other internet resources have information on different kinds of social work jobs, how to find a job, and actual job postings.

The following resources at the Dewey Library will help you find a career in social work:

101 Careers in Social Work. Jessica A. Ritter, Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi, & Mary Kiernan-Stern. New York: Springer Pub. Co., c2009.
Dewey Library Reference HV 10.5 R58 2009

Many paths, one purpose: Career paths for social work and human services majors. Edited by Tuyen D. Nguyen. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, c2006.
Dewey Library HV 10.5 M36X 2006

Social work career development: A handbook for job hunting and career planning
. Carol Nesslein Doelling. Washington, DC: NASW Press, [2004?]
Dewey Library HV 10.5 D63 2004

Careers in social work. Leon H. Ginsberg. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, c1998.
Dewey Library HV 10.5 G55 1998

To prepare for the licensing exam, you may want to use a study guide. The Dewey Library has three copies on reserve of Study Guide: A Guide for Candidates Preparing for the ASWB Social Work Examination. Ask for this at the circulation desk!

You may also want to check out the Career and Education Resources section of Getting Started in Social Welfare Research. From here, you can find more information on licensing and accreditation, job resources, and professional associations. You may also want to check out the section on professional development. Professional development and continuing education are vital aspects of being a social worker. This site connects you with valuable resources.

Professional associations are a great way to get your foot in the door and learn about job opportunities. The Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) is a national social work organization. The Job Board section provides resources for both job seekers and employers.

The National Association of Social Workers is another professional association you will want to be familiar with. NASW is the largest member social work organization in the world. Here, you can learn about recent publications in the field, access information on professional development, and advocate for meaningful causes. Their Social Work Career Center lists current job openings. If you want to stay local, you will want to check out NASW’s New York State Chapter.

If you have any questions on social work careers, please contact our social welfare bibliographer, Elaine Lasda Bergman by email at elasdabergman@albany.edu or phone at 442-3695.

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell