It’s that time of year again. Graduations are coming up, and students are anxiously scanning the online sites, talking with field instructors, and struggling to figure out where they can find the perfect fit for their skills and passions and, then as financial realities hit, where they can find anything remotely related to social work that pays a living wage. Many of my students have had success with NPConnect, and I have personally hired people who have found me through that site. For social workers interested in advocacy and organizing jobs, though, the job search can be even more frustrating. It’s always especially discouraging for me, then, to be so excited that my students are so excited about pursuing a career that includes macro practice, and then to share their disillusionment when we struggle together to find a good advocacy job, at least in the Midwest. They ARE out there, though! Do not despair! I made a good living for more than 6 years doing advocacy and community organizing with mostly undocumented Latino immigrants in Kansas City, Kansas, and I have several colleagues, in this part of the country, whose jobs include at least substantial responsibilities for similar types of work. So, while I don’t have any wonderful jobs to hand to anyone on a silver platter, or any magic wand to wave, here are some of the lessons I’ve learned, especially from students over the past few years, about how to start making a living while really making a difference.
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