As Baby Boomers retire, organizations are facing a major leadership gap. And yet, a staggering 63 percent of the up and coming workforce generation across industries feel they lack leadership development.
If you aren’t receiving training and opportunities to lead in your current role, how can you be prepared to take on further responsibilities? And in industries like human services where leadership is a key element of everything you do, how can you partner your desire to help others with actionable skills?
Obtaining a Master’s degree in Human Services will give you the tools that you need to become an effective leader. These skills will enable you to fill the kinds of positions where you can help people access essential resources, find ways to solve problems, and affect change in the lives of vulnerable populations by helping to shape the future of care. This education path can help you marry your desire to help people with a career that is fulfilling and exciting.
Here are just five of the ways that a Master’s degree in Human Services can help you become a leader in your field:
1. You’ll develop a wider breadth of knowledge
One of the biggest benefits of obtaining an MA in Human Services is that whatever knowledge base you currently have will be expanded upon. No previous knowledge or experience is useless. At the same time, you’ll reach into new areas of study that will help advance your career.
Most programs require their students to take certain core classes that focus on administration, ethics, planning, and other subjects that human services organizations have in common. These courses will give you the foundation that you need to be a successful leader in whatever industry you decide to pursue.
This is especially important for people who want to work in jobs like hospital administration, handling a variety of organizational administrative duties, or a role like social and community services management, overseeing many different programs and needs to be able to see the big picture.
2. You’ll learn to empathize with all people
It’s so important for leaders in human services to be comfortable and successful working with different kinds of people, because in your work you’ll encounter individuals of different ages, races, genders, religious beliefs, communication styles, and needs, and they will all need you to be able to help them regardless of your similarities or differences.
If you’re hoping to work as a counselor or a social worker, this skill is especially crucial; you can’t help someone if you can’t empathize with and understand them.
Master’s programs, especially those online, give you the chance to interact and work with people from different backgrounds and learn how to communicate with them. Taking advantage of that opportunity will prepare you for your future career in helping people from all walks of life.
3. You’ll have the chance to apply your skills before graduating
While not the case with every institution, many MA in Human Services programs will require you to complete an internship. An internship is an excellent way to apply what you’ve learned, see what it will be like to work in the field you’re preparing for, and get professional feedback on your performance.
Additionally, an internship is a great chance for you to make connections with professionals in organizations you might be interested in working for after graduation. This can be extremely helpful when you’re entering the job market. Having professional recommendations that can speak to your new skills and knowledge when you’re looking for a job with a brand new degree is invaluable.
4. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your education to your career goals
A high-quality MA in Human Services program will give you the opportunity to tailor your degree to the career you ultimately want to pursue. This option ensures that you leave school with specific knowledge that will help you land the kinds of leadership jobs you’re interested in.
While the higher-level foundational classes are important for learning how to work in the human services industry, the electives are where you will find the courses that will help you transform your passion into a career.
For example, Concordia University’s electives, which make up almost half of the MA in Human Services degree, include classes about subjects like Multicultural Counseling, Sociology of aging, Clinical Group Counseling, and Family Systems Theory and Therapy. Elective courses like these allow you to learn how to be most effective in the areas you care most about.
5. You’ll learn how to use your passion for service to help others
All of these elements add up to one thing: the ability to transform your passion for helping and serving others into a fulfilling and engaging career.
Human services can be a difficult field to work in. Often, you’re working with vulnerable populations or people who are struggling. More than ever, the world needs people who want to get their hands dirty and help others.
But simply wanting to help people isn’t enough. Whether you’re interested in working with low-income families, veterans, refugees, or any other organization that is dedicated to bettering lives, you need to understand the theories and practices that have been developed to most effectively solve problems. An MA in Human Services allows you to turn your passion for helping into a career.
How Concordia’s program can help you.
Concordia University’s online MA in Human Services program is built specifically for those who want to be a part of the next generation of human service leaders.
Our program is 100% online and will teach you all of the things you need to know, both theoretical and practical, to work in human services. You’ll be prepared to move into a leadership position where you can use your passion for helping to positively affect the world around you.
Does this sound like a career path for you?
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