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How to Prepare for a Career in Social Work While Still in High School

Picking your major is the first step toward college life, and we congratulate you for knowing what you want to do. Although you may not be on campus just yet, it’s not too early to start working on your future major.

You may be surprised to find that many of the classes you are taking in high school can help you prepare for the social work major at Ball Sate.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Take as many courses as you can in English, math, the social sciences, and science. These courses will build the basic foundation skills in math, writing, and critical thinking on which social work skills are built.
  • Take foreign language courses, especially those offered in Spanish. Becoming fluent in Spanish will give you many opportunities as a social worker once you earn your degree.
  • Find opportunities to volunteer in settings where you can work with people. Working as a volunteer and assisting others will prepare you to develop helping skills. Look for these volunteer experiences in your high school, your place of worship, and in your community.
  • If you are working part time, look for jobs where you can interact with people. Babysitting and working as a camp counselor are great starts to help you learn how to interact with children. Jobs in retail are also a great way to interact with people.
Department of Social Work
North Quad (NQ), room 243
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 765-285-1016
Fax: 765-285-1029
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