Degrees & Programs

Undergraduate

Career Planning

THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK IS HERE FOR YOU

We are dedicated to providing you the resources you need to transition from student life to an exciting career path that will put your passions into purpose. We offer services, such as:

  • Delivering interactive and engaging group sessions that will help you fine-tune your interview and communications skills ensuring you are ready for any interview
  • Individual coaching sessions that will give you the skills needed to begin your job search
  • Connecting you to professional networks within your area of study
  • Sharing your enthusiasm as you triumph in the interview that will launch your career!

Contact Career Services Office to set up an appointment to meet with a career counselor at justice.228@osu.edu.

A four-year plan can help you identify important tasks to accomplish year-by-year to reach your career and educational goals.


FOUR-YEAR CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Planning a career is an important four-year process. The four-year plan below outlines the steps you can take each year to prepare to transition from college into your professional career.
Four-Year Career Development Plan [PDF]


FOUR-YEAR PLAN FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL

Below is a four-year plan for students interested in going to graduate school. The plan is intended for students interested in a master’s or doctoral degree in social work, or a related discipline. Please keep in mind that based on your career and educational interests, not every suggestion will be appropriate for you.
Four-Year Plan: Graduate School [PDF] 


EXPLORE CAREERS IN SOCIAL WORK

One of the greatest reasons for studying social work is that you will become well prepared for employment in a wide range of areas including aging, health care, international social work, clinical social work, and policy and planning. The breadth of your social work background will also provide you with great mobility for career shifts later in life.

Research is an essential step to exploring what areas within social work most interest you. You are encouraged to begin this exploration process early, in order to help us best match you to a senior-year field education placement that complements your career interests. Take time now to consider what area(s) of practice within social work most interest you.

Use the following links to research and explore the variety of careers within the field of social work.

 


CAREER RESOURCES

After you narrow down your list of areas, you will want to learn what working in that particular focus area and setting is really like. The best way to do this is to talk to people who work in the practice area or setting that most interests you.

  1. Utilize your network (family, friends, and faculty) to compile a list of people who work in your area(s) of interest.
  2. Contact these people and schedule an informational interview with them.
  3. Ask your contacts if they are willing to let you job shadow them for a day.
  4. Talk with your academic advisor and/or faculty members about local volunteer and/or research opportunities within your area(s) of interest.
  5. Enroll in social work electives that expose you to course material that matches your focus. 

Learn more at this online resource: Occupational Outlook Handbook


GETTING YOUR SOCIAL WORK LICENSE

Did you know that social work is one of the few professions in which undergraduates can become licensed professionals? In Ohio, there are two levels of social work licensure:

  • The LSW (Licensed Social Worker)
  • The LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker)

Once you receive your undergraduate degree in social work, you can become an LSW by passing the Bachelor’s level licensure exam. To become an LISW, you must have a master’s or doctoral degree in social work, a minimum of two years (3,000 hours) of post-graduate supervised social work experience, and pass the required licensure exam. Annual state licensure data indicates that our students consistently have a first-time pass rate that significantly exceeds the national average!

For more information about Licensing Requirements, click here.


JOB SEARCH

The following is a list of helpful websites to assist you in your social work job search.

For more information and resources please visit our Career Services page.