Mental Health Services
Federal government, including Departments of: Health and Human Services Justice, Veterans Administration
State government, including Departments of: Human Services, Mental Health & Mental Retardation, Community mental health centers, State psychiatric
hospitals, Facilities for mentally impaired, Justice, Probation and parole
Senior citizens' centers
United Way agencies
Religiously-affiliated service organizations
Obtain essential practical experience through part-time or summer jobs such as camp counselor, tutor, or resident hall advisor.
Complete an internship for academic credit. Gain experience through volunteering with organizations such as crisis hotlines, Big Brother or Sister, Special
Olympics, service fraternities or sororities, etc. Many entry-level helping positions require one year of related experience. Volunteer experience can
typically fulfill this requirement. Learn to work well with different types of people. Develop strong communication skills.
Cultivate the desire to help others. Become fluent in a foreign language spoken by multi-cultural clients. Be willing to relocate. Become familiar with
government hiring procedures. Acquire knowledge of government and community resources available for those in need. Obtain a graduate degree in psychology,
counseling, or social work for substantive counseling work and advancement into administrative work. Many specialties exist at the graduate level, for
example school counseling, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, etc. Pursue particular degrees depending upon interests and career goals.
Pursue an excellent academic record.
Employment and Recruitment
Compensation and Benefits
Employment and temporary agencies
Large non-profit organizations including hospitals and educational institutions
Acquire related experience as a resident hall advisor, orientation leader, admissions tour guide, or student assistant in career
services. Find student organization committee work in policy making or settling disputes. Supplement curriculum with business courses. Acquire strong
Writing and Editing
Public relations and advertising firms
Companies with public relations departments
Federal, state and local government
Colleges and universities
Develop strong writing and speaking skills. Obtain related experience with campus newspaper, television, or radio station.
Serve as an admissions tour guide or work in alumni relations or other PR-related functions. Volunteer as a fund-raiser or political canvasser. Gain
experience through internships. Join the campus chapter of Public Relations Society of America.
Companies with in-house advertising agencies or departments
Obtain relevant experience with campus newspaper, television, or radio station.
Work with student-run businesses. Find an internship, even if unpaid, with a market research or advertising firm. Develop a portfolio for creative positions.
Obtain a business minor or double major for account services positions.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005)
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