Counseling, helping, and social service careers strive to give clients support and improve their well-being and quality of life. Depending on the job title, clients may range from children to seniors and topics may include diverse issues such as abuse, mental health, ministry, marriage and family, education, and many more.
Designing your major
Your major may be indirectly or directly related to your career choice, and it’s only one of many pieces to finding a good career fit. There are many majors that are related to counseling, helping, and social service, including:
Learn about careers in the field
Learn through experience
Join a student organization
Student organizations can help us clarify our interests and build experience. Here are a few ideas of organizations in this area:
- Psychology Club
- Social Work Student Association
- Psi Chi
- Crimson CORPS
- Habitat for Humanity
- IU Dance Marathon
- Colleges Against Cancer at Indiana University
- College Mentors for Kids
- Eta Sigma Gamma - Nu Chapter
- Phi Alpha Delta
- Health Professions & Prelaw Center
Volunteering in the community has many benefits for the community and for your personal and professional development. How can you use your knowledge and skills to make a difference?
- Area 10 Agency on Aging
- People and Animal Learning Services-PAL
- Southern Care Hospice
- Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County
- Middle Way House
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana
- Friend’s Place Shelter (Formerly Martha’s House)
- IU Health Bloomington
- Meals on Wheels
- IU Health Bloomington Shadowing, Follow a Physician
- United Way of Monroe County
- Community Kitchen of Monroe County
Interested in graduate school?
In this field, some common graduate school programs may include social work, recreation therapy, counseling psychology, and many more!
There are many ways to explore careers, through research, gaining experience, and talking with other people. Your career coach is here to mentor you and help you find ways to explore that fit you best.