You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from counseling, helping, and social service majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent counseling, helping, and social service graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
Counseling, Helping, and Social Service
- Boys and Girls Club - Education positions
- Middle Way House - Violence Prevention positions
- Youth Villages - Family Intervention positions
- AVODAH - The Jewish Service Corps
- National Immigrant Justice Center - Administrative positions
- Wabash Valley Alliance, Inc. - Case Manager positions
- Indiana Professional Management Group - Case Manager positions
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to counseling, helping, and social science. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Mental Health
- Case Management
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What is your experience working with diverse groups of people?
- Tell me about a time when you felt you were particularly effective in working with someone or a group.
- Describe a time when you had an ethical dilemma and how did you handled the situation.
- What kinds of activities do you participate in for self-care?
- What do you expect to be the most challenging part of working with the population we work with?
- Why do you want to work with this target population?
- How would you go about building a trusting relationship with a client?
- In communication, people’s gestures or verbal cues can give us information. Give me an example of how your interpretation of verbal or nonverbal behavior has helped you.
- Tell me about a time when you were able to make someone feel comfortable while dealing with a difficult situation.
- Before you can have a successful career in counseling it is important that you face your own weaknesses and blind spots.
- It is important to have an awareness of cultural differences as well as any populations that you might find challenging to work with.
- Volunteer experiences are highly regarded in these fields; get experience volunteering with several organizations in order to increase your marketability.
- Crisis intervention training/experience is helpful for pursuing a career in counseling, therapy, social work, and others in this field.
- Nonprofit employees often wear many hats in their workplaces. It is imperative to have versatile experience and knowledge of all aspects of nonprofit administration. Consider experience in fundraising, grant writing, volunteer coordination, or event planning.