Career Exploration

Having an understanding of how your unique interests, values, skills and experiences is just as important as understanding your options within the broad field of social work. These resources will help guide both self and career exploration. 

Career Exploration Resources

The field of social work has a multitude of potential career paths for those who are interested in helping vulnerable people and communities to overcome a vast array of challenges in every day life. 

These resources provide broad overviews of the field, including the scope of social work practice, the projected demand for social workers in the job market, and licensure requirements.  

What is Social Work and What Do Social Workers Do?

Explore Social Work (National Association of Social Workers)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Social Workers

NYS Licensure Requirements

Self Exploration Resources

Assessments like the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and CliftonStrengths help you to better understand yourself to make career decisions that complement your overall personality and can help you to articulate your value to employers. Both the MBTI and CliftonStrengths can be taken online and results can be debriefed with a career counselor at UB Career Services or with the Student Services Advisor, Jenell Spitale.

Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) Assessment - $49.95

16 Personalities - Similar to MBTI with no fees 

Top 5 CliftonStrengths - $11.99 when you sign up with your UBmail address (price will otherwise be $19.99)

An additional way to use your CliftonStrengths themes is to discover and act on ways that you can be an ally and advocate for others. Please see the worksheet below with suggested actions to take based on your strengths.