Q: I am a recent college graduate who has a Sociology Degree with a minor in Environmental Science. Can you recommend the type of job I should be looking for? I would like to work with children and or help with adults needing assistance. Are there any agencies that could help me?
A: There are probably several occupations that would work for your skill set and interests. The ideal role includes two factors: 1. interesting work that you love and can be passionate about and 2. work that provides you an income which you can live on. There are many people employed across the US that either love their jobs but struggle financially, or really despise what they do but make a decent income. The trick is to find both!
During your college years, it is helpful to intern and work part-time or summers in your fields of interest. Did you ever work at a summer camp with kids? Or in a role caring for adults? This practical experience is invaluable. Many of us enjoy studying subjects but then, in a real-life situation, it is not exactly what we expected!
One resource worth reviewing is the Occupational Outlook Handbook report on “Most New Jobs.” This report lists the 20 occupations with high growth rates. It also provides some data on the pay listed for each occupation. There are several occupations which may be of interest to you. Visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/most-new-jobs.htm for the complete report. There is also a useful tool on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website called “Occupation Finder.” This tool allow you to sort through different roles based on education , projected growth rate and a number of other factors. Visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/occupation-finder.htm to access this tool.
Employment agencies could be helpful but so could the career services office of your college or university. I would start at your college or university first. Their office will likely have job postings and leads for recent graduates which would be appropriate for your major and career interests.