/ Asked by Chelsea
I recently graduated with my Masters degree in Social Work. I am currently working a job that is part social services and part marketing. I don't mind social work but I would like a career where I can potentially earn more money. I feel like I have quite a few transferable skills but I am worried no one outside of social work will consider me. What other kinds of jobs do you think I could be considered for? Is there anything I could do to help me connect with jobs that I would be a fit?
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, February 12, 2016
Congratulations on getting your MSW! There are many skills and experiences in social work that could transfer to other occupations. The best thing to do is for you to make a list of all the things you are doing in your current role and then note what you enjoy and what you do not. See if there is a pattern in what you enjoy doing and see what other roles might allow you to perform those responsibilities. You should also utilize the career center at the school that you just received your degree in. They should be able to assist you in identifying roles and companies which could be a potential fit. Being in social work, you most likely have strong communication, organization and multi-tasking skills. Those are skills that can be applied to various occupations. Also consider joining a business networking group where you can network with others to see what they do and where they work. Good luck!
Answered by Meredith, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Sunday, February 28, 2016
Congratulations on obtaining your degree! In addition to your skills transferring to different marketing or communications roles at the corporate level, perhaps a direct fit might be more in line with a role in a healthcare, educational or national nonprofit setting. Google different job titles, do LinkedIn research by commenting on social work groups (requesting this exact advice) and network with your professors- they are a wealth of contacts and could offer suggestions for non-traditional social work careers.

Lastly, connect with alumni of your program to see which types of roles they hold, they could be a great resource and potentially make an introduction to their company for you.
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Congratulations on your MSW!   A degree in Social work could be applied to so many different careers.  I would recommend you figuring out what things you like to do and what things don't interest you.  This will have you steer your direction to the right future career.  Career centers are great for helping to indentify other opportunties.  Additionally use the social route to guide you, such as LinkedIn & Facebook.  You'd be surprised on how may people use their degrees and apply it to other industries.  And don't forget Human Resources is a great field to get into and your degree would transfer well!
Best of luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I would recommend partnering closely with your university's career center so that you can take advantage of their professional network. Many times companies will go to the universities that they have a relationship with to reach out and get in touch with their alumni to fill open positions. It can be a great resource for you!
Best of luck.
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