Category: Education

5 Career Paths That Focus On Social
Responsibility

by Sarah Lavington

In a time when competitive and enticing salary offers and benefits are abundant, many are looking towards careers that can provide a sense of fulfillment. In fact, Forbes notes how 83% of millennials would be more loyal to a workplace that helps the contribute to social and environmental issues. 64% said they’d even reject a job without a strong CSR policy. Even those who teach students are now looking to Improve Social Impact in Higher Education.


Many who work in careers that focus on social responsibility have not only been found to stay at their jobs for longer, but have also been noted to have a driven level of engagement and productivity. If working at a purpose-driven career sounds appealing to you, check out these five paths that heavily focus on social responsibility.

Doctors

Becoming a doctor is an attractive career path because many see it as a path to prestige or wealth. However, it’s a common fact that the job comes with a heavy responsibility of human life as well. That’s why many claim that the years it takes to become a doctor are only worth it when you have the mindset to help people. This is what gives many aspiring doctors the strength to complete an undergraduate program, medical school, a residency program, and additional training.

Healthcare advocacy

Perhaps technique and medical practice isn’t your forte, but you’re equally passionate about public health for the good of society. Working in organizations with healthcare advocacies may be the right place for you. These organizations are responsible for many of the rights and services that minority groups experience today. See the Black Women’s Health Imperative which helped introduce advocacies like the Sickle Cell Disease Expansion Act – H.R. 7177, and launched the BWHI Change Agency. Formations like these require diverse teams, including sales and marketing experts to promote their campaigns. However, many would gladly welcome volunteers of no experience, to be trained in-house.

Environmental and sustainability activism

These activists champion campaigns on climate justice, and can be particular per state. For example, environmental and sustainability activists in Louisiana fought to close more than 50 oilfield waste sites in Vermilion Parish. To achieve these wins, passion is a necessary ingredient, but a background in environmental studies, campaigning, and federal laws is also important.

Licensed social worker

Social workers choose to assist individuals and families according to cultural, political, social, or economic trends, and as with most social activism, this aid can differ per location. In Montana, social workers had to urge legislators against ending or changing Medicaid expansion, which many Black communities and other minority groups are heavily dependent on. On the other hand, remote licensed social workers in Massachusetts worked to open their doors for virtual therapy after a decrease in behavioral health access resulted in a mental health care crisis in local communities.

As with being a doctor, the process of becoming a licensed social worker through completing a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree, a master’s degree, and a licensure exam may only be worth it, in terms of time and cost, if one feels the genuine social responsibility to help.

Educator

Teachers are just as responsible for shaping people’s lives. This means that teachers have moral and social, national, and humanitarian social responsibility as educators. Teachers must not only care about their actual students, but also understand and show them how to fit in a community.

Diversity among teachers in states like Nevada is especially important in order to counter the heavy misinformation and fear-mongering against minority groups. Teachers are key in representing diverse groups of students and as role models, setting them up for success in society as the future generation.

These careers focus on social responsibility, but it’s key to remember that social responsibility stems from the individual. Making the most out of your career for the common good is possible as long as you are clear with your goals and purpose for making society a better place.

11 Ways to Improve Social Impact in Higher Education

by Carjie Scott on March 28, 2022 at 1:30 a.m. CST

Students do not attend college for the sole purpose of obtaining employment. Studies have shown that a college degree is not required to get a decent-paying job anymore. Instead, college fills the gap between teenage years and adulthood to prepare students for the real world, particularly for first-time freshmen. College communities are successful when deliberate about engaging in activities to create a culture of belongingness, confidence, and lifelong learning. These institutions encourage students to improve their critical thinking, goal setting, time management, living habits, civic engagement, emotional intelligence, and learning skills. Faculty and staff shape the environment to allow students to accomplish these goals. Oftentimes, higher education employees are required to do more than what’s assigned in their job description to make this happen. Below are 11 ways to improve social impact in higher education.

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How I made 4-figures in 6 months as a self-published author

by Carjie Scott on February 18, 2022 at 1:30 a.m. CST

If you are reading this, you have either considered writing a book, recently wrote a book, or released a book but hadn’t reached many sales yet. Congratulations in advance! Your timing is perfect; you’ve arrived at the right place. I wrote this post to share how I made 4-figures within the first six months of releasing my first book, “You are Accepted: How to Get in College and Life.” I decided to document my experience because studies have shown that self-published authors only sell about 250 books in their lifetime, which averages only $500.00 or less from book sales. If you use the steps I provide below, you will likely exceed $500.00 in sales within the next six months.

Here are the five steps to make 4-figures in 6 months selling your self-published book.

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In Conversation: What Comes Next for HBCUs presented by Unibuddy

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were the first institutions to open their doors to black Americans. The first HBCU was founded in Pennsylvania in 1837 and would later come to be known as Cheyney University.


Today, the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement and our alumna Vice President have heightened the exposure of HBCUs. They’ve been a clear contributor to the enrollment spike that many of these schools are experiencing, despite the declines that PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) have endured.
COVID-19 proved that institutions would need to be flexible in their approach to managing the “new normal,” so they turned to online courses, virtual events, and a strong digital-first approach. As the country reopens and life resumes, we want to explore what universities will take with them.

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