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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Career Development

Career development assistance

The Graduate School of Social Work is committed to assisting students throughout their time in their program, during their job search and beyond.

You have chosen the field of social work because of your belief that we can change our social, cultural and political environments for the better. Now it is time to think about what specifically interests you in the field and what you can do to ensure that you're a competitive candidate when you enter the job market after graduation.

GSSW's Career Development Office offers services to help you think proactively about your career throughout your graduate education. That way, you'll be able to build a skill set and knowledge base that is well-rounded, transferable and competitive.

An evolving profession

The social work profession is evolving, and current trends favor social workers who possess a diverse set of skills in both clinical and community practice.

For example, it is no longer enough to possess only clinical expertise, even if your primary goal is working directly with clients. During the course of your career, you may also need skills in project development, policy analysis, assessment and data analysis, budget management, grant-writing, volunteer recruitment, advocacy and/or coalition-building. Likewise, even if your primary interest is organizational leadership, public policy or advocacy work, you'll also need to have a clear understanding of clinical practice and what it means to be on the "front lines."

As a competitor in the job market, you'll be a cut above the rest if you can show that you have well-rounded experience, with specializations in some key areas.

At  GSSW, we encourage you to consider these factors from the time you enter our program, rather than waiting until your job search is underway.

What we offer

GSSW's Career Development Office can offer:

  • one-on-one advising
  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • connections to alumni
  • services to help you understand and develop transferable skills

To make an appointment, contact Lisa Ingarfield , Director of Student and Career Development, at 303-871-3841.

Take a look at our quick reference career planning timeline to see what you should be doing and when!

Sign up for the GSSW Career Connections Newsletter which is sent every 10-14 days highlighting current job openings, professional development opportunities, and career tips.