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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. Log in to GSSW’s Student Resources Portfolio Page to access tailored career resources for the social work job search any time of day.

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.

WHAT WE OFFER

Once you are here and in the program, GSSW's Career Development Office can offer:

  • One-on-one advising
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Support organizing the job search
  • Help with internship application strategies
  • Connections with DU and GSSW Alumni
  • Salary negotiation practice
  • Insight on the licensure process
  • Tailored mock interview practice
  • Using Linkedin to build a personal brand

One on One Advising

Schedule an appointment with us on Pioneer Careers Online: du.edu/pioneercareers or connect with us via email at gssw.careers@du.edu.

Professional Development Workshops

Visit our workshop calendar to find upcoming professional development opportunities to keep you on track.

24/7 GSSW Career Resources

Log in to GSSW’s Student Resources Portfolio Page to access tailored career resources for the social work job search any time of day.

GSSW Weekly Advocate Newsletter

The GSSW Weekly Advocate features current job openings, professional development opportunities, and career tips.

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.