Area: Social/Community Services

Sub-Area:

  • Research
  • Fund Raising
  • Counseling
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Grant Writing
  • Administration

Employers:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service organizations
  • Public interest research groups
  • Museums
  • Mental health agencies

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Gain related work experience.
  • Volunteer in relevant organizations.
  • Obtain master's degree in social work or counseling as well as applicable state licensure for therapy positions.
  • Become familiar with grant writing techniques.

Area: Religion/Ministry

Sub-Area:

  • Clergy
  • Administration
  • Missions

Employers:

  • Local churches or synagogues
  • District, regional, national, and world denominational headquarters
  • Religiously affiliated schools, colleges, and universities
  • Local, national, and international mission fields
  • Religious organizations

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain appropriate seminary training for clergy positions.
  • Become certified through a denomination for specialized staff positions.
  • Gain related experience through volunteering with local churches or religious organizations.
  • Develop applicable foreign language skills for international mission work.
  • Seek leadership positions in campus religious organizations.
  • Complete an internship or summer position with a religious camp or missionary organization.

Area: Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult education programs
  • Vocational-technical educational programs
  • Professional or graduate schools including medical

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain a doctorate degree for opportunities in teaching and/or research.
  • Develop one or more concentrations, such as mathematics, medical or business ethics, science, or religion.
  • Gain related experience through internships, volunteering, or part-time employment.
  • Earn a master's degree in a specialized area (e.g., Library and Information Sciences, College Student Personnel, or Counseling).
  • Seek campus leadership positions such as peer mentor or resident assistant.

Area: Government

Sub-Area:

  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City Management
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Commission on Civil Rights
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Department of Energy
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Foreign Service
  • Federal Municipal Archives
  • National and State Endowments for the Humanities
  • Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
  • Political action committees
  • Special interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Campaigns (national, state, or local)

Strategies & Information:

  • Become familiar with federal, state, and local job application processes.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in political science, public administration, or business.
  • Complete an internship in government or related area.
  • Serve in model United Nations.
  • Become involved in student government.
  • Participate in cultural groups and organizations.
  • Write for campus publications focused on national and international affairs.
  • Develop skills in computers, statistics, and data analysis.
  • Acquire foreign language competency and travel experience for international positions.
  • Earn a graduate degree in political science or public administration for advancement.
  • Volunteer with the staff of a government official.
  • Participate in local or national campaigns.

Area: Ethics

Sub-Area:

  • Medical
  • Environmental
  • Research

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical and professional schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting services
  • Research organizations
  • Health science funding agencies
  • Environmental agencies

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain Ph.D. for most positions.
  • Participate in related professional organizations.
  • Join debate groups.
  • Develop excellent research skills.
  • Hone verbal and written communication skills.

Area: Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Special interest groups
  • Universities

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain law degree.
  • Develop excellent research and writing skills.
  • Participate in debate or mock trial.
  • Maintain a high grade point average.
  • Gain experience through part-time employment or internships in legal settings.

Area: Writing

Sub-Area:

  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations

Employers:

  • Publishing companies
  • Magazine and newspaper companies
  • Professional and trade associations
  • Advertising agencies and departments
  • Electronic media organizations

Strategies & Information:

  • Serve on college newspaper staff.
  • Develop excellent writing and desktop publishing skills.
  • Take courses in journalism, advertising, public relations, or English.
  • Gain related experience.
  • Become a student member of a related professional group.

Area: Business

Sub-Area:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Market Research
  • Finance
  • Insurance

Employers:

  • Business firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Retail stores
  • Marketing research departments or organizations
  • Real estate companies

Strategies & Information:

  • Minor in business.
  • Gain related experience through internships or parttime jobs.
  • Obtain leadership role(s) in campus organization(s).
  • Develop computer skills in word processing, database management, and spreadsheet programs.

General Information and Strategies