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Career Services

Career and Professional Development supports the career and professional development of our students and we are committed to empowering our alumni to emerge as leaders in the profession. We promote diversity, social justice, equity, leadership, and lifelong learning.


Career Counseling Appointments

Schedule one-on-one career counseling appointments to get personalized advice and career guidance.  Students may receive advice on job search strategies, resume critiques and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and establishing a professional online and offline presence. To learn more about the career resources available to you, and to schedule an appointment, contact the Campus Career Center.


Workshops and Events

Participate in an array of workshops, information sessions, and other events at Berkeley Social Welfare. These co-curricular activities support career, professional, and leadership development as well as provide the opportunity to connect with employers and social work professionals. Workshops and Events can be found listed in HAVjobs (login required) and on the School’s Master Calendar.


Types of Events

Professional Portfolio Development:
Create a professional portfolio that articulates your skills and competencies including resumes, CV’s, and cover letters. View samples, get feedback, and develop a strategic career trajectory.

Employer Information Sessions:
Get detailed information about employment opportunities, hiring trends, and other agency information from selected Employers. 

Careers Panels:
Hear personal career stories, trends in the field, and network with Alumni and Employers.

Special Interest Workshops:
Participate in skills development, leadership education, and informational sessions including information about financing your education, licensure, and interviewing & networking.


Job Search Resources

HAVjobs is an online jobs board that connects Berkeley Social Welfare students and alumni to social work-related career opportunities. Students can

  • Search and apply for part-time jobs, full-time jobs, internships, and non-traditional social work positions

  • Store your resume & other documents, and receive a quick resume critique upon upload

  • Create a professional profile and browse companies who are hiring

  • Review and RSVP for career services events and activities


Learn How to Use HAVjobs


Link What Can I Do With An MSW?
Use these career summaries to begin developing the skills and qualities necessary to excel in the social work profession and understand the diverse areas of work which are possible.


Job Search Engines for SW Careers

A list of search engines and career resources in social work, public service, community development, and the nonprofit sector.


Berkeley Social Welfare Career Guide

The purpose of this guide is to serve as a resource for social work related careers. Although not all-encompassing, this manual includes supplemental information to assist Berkeley Social Welfare master’s students in the process of planning their work-life blends in becoming dynamic leaders in the field of social work. As a career management tool, this guide outlines a number of co-curricular activities along with tips and techniques for making informed career choices. Berkeley Social Welfare master’s students can use this guide to aid in discovering scope of competence, to define their professional practice, to understand emerging and relevant knowledge, and find avenues for continuing education.


SW Undergraduate Portfolio

This packet is a collection of tools, tips, and techniques intended to aid Social Welfare undergraduate majors in the development of a professional portfolio. Although this packet includes examples that can be useful is creating a portfolio, it serves as a foundational tool in which the assistance of a career counselor and more career exploration may be needed.


Quick Guide to Licensure

This guide provides the steps to obtaining licensure in California after obtaining the MSW along with the Berkeley Social Welfare courses that meet the coursework requirements. Licensure is governed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California. All requirements, applications, and additional information about the process of obtaining and maintaining licensure can be found at