The Office of Career Services provides career and professional development programs for master’s and doctoral students, including skills-building workshops, individual career counseling, job-search strategies, an alumni contact database, and posting of jobs in the Chicago area.
Quarterly workshops provide students with the skills needed to develop efficient job-search strategies, to convey transferable skills, to write effective resumes and cover letters, and to learn sound interviewing techniques.
To help provide networking opportunities, Career Services offers a database of more than 1,000 recent alumni who have volunteered to be contacts, offering advice and guidance for job-seekers. Alumni also serve on quarterly career panels to discuss their transitions from SSA and their current career paths, and to offer advice to graduating students. Read about a few of our alums who benefited from networking with our alumni:
In order to better inform SSA students about potential career paths, the Office of Career Services sponsors employer presentations throughout the academic year. Employers representing the broad spectrum of post-graduate opportunities will join students at SSA for informal information sessions detailing the nature of the work performed by their organizations, how they may best fit SSA graduates, what the organizations are seeking in successful candidate applications, as well as application information and contacts. Some of these employers will also conduct on-site interviews at SSA and subsequently hire graduating students.
Throughout the academic year, Career Services alerts students to summer, year-long, and post-master’s internship and fellowship opportunities. We also host information sessions with representatives of these organizations along with SSA alumni who have been past recipients of these internships and fellowships.
During Spring break, students can participate in SSA’s Washington Week. This program brings together SSA alumni in the Washington, DC area with currently enrolled students. Often meeting at alumni work sites, students learn about careers in the public and non-profit sectors, as well as about careers in research, advocacy, lobbying, and program management.
Students can also participate in a shadow program with alumni during the summer to provide one-on-one direct workplace experiences.
Your career planning should begin the day you’re admitted to SSA. We have our own Office of Career Services—separate from that of the University of Chicago—that offers personalized student resources, training workshops and networking events like Washington Week. One of our most popular resources is the alumni contact database containing more that 1,000 recent SSA graduates available for informational interviews. You should make an appointment with the Career Office soon after starting your program to begin the process of career planning.
An SSA degree—and an SSA student—is truly exceptional. Learn more about the AM degree—and how it's both equivalent and different from the MSW—and why SSA grads succeed in a wide variety of roles in social work and social welfare administration and policy. We invite you and your organization to partner with us as a field education site or post a job for the SSA community. SSA is currently ranked third among the graduate schools of social work in the United States.
Whether you’re a current student or potential employer, don’t hesitate to contact Michael Jogerst, assistant dean and director of career services, at 773.702.1173 or by email with any questions.