Career Resources

As a student at Boston University School of Social Work, you will gain access to resources that will prepare you for success as you enter the social work profession. In addition to the rich practical experience obtained through field education, you will find a variety of workshops on topics such as licensure, résumé writing, and interviewing. Our Alumni Affairs department can connect you with alumni in fields of interest and provide you with additional networking opportunities throughout your time at BU and beyond. As home to our own Professional Education Programs (PEP), all BUSSW students are able to attend PEP’s ongoing programming at no cost while enrolled as students and receive discounts on post-graduate training opportunities as alumni.

Workshops & Programs

A sampling of career and job search-related workshops, panels, and programs hosted by Student Services:

  • MSW Alumni & Student Mixer
  • Résumé Workshop
  • Loan Forgiveness Program Workshop
  • Social Work Licensure Presentation

Resources

The University’s Center for Career Development on the Charles River Campus (Boston) offers digital resource for students and is home to BU Handshake—a digital hub for those exploring employment opportunities.

Connect with BUSSW alumni via our LinkedIn group and make use of BU’s Career Advisory Network (CAN) to connect with alumni across the country. As a student, you are eligible to join your professional organization, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and take advantage of NASW’s numerous career resources.

Licensure

Licensure as a certified or clinical social worker opens many doors in the profession. Not only is it increasingly a requirement in many government and institutional settings, it often comes with higher rates of compensation and the general public’s peace of mind and confidence.

Ninety-five percent of BUSSW graduates successfully pass their social work licensure exam upon graduation. From your field education placements to your advisory relationships and classroom work, you will receive rigorous training for your licensing exam—a focal point of professional preparation.

Each state has different regulations for social licensing and certification. If you are interested in being licensed in a state or applying for reciprocity, information from the destination state is essential. You can obtain a contact list for different state boards through the Association of Social Work Boards.