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EMPLOYMENT AREAS TYPES OF EMPLOYERS COMPLEMENTARY EXPERIENCES

Advocacy

  • Development:
    • Economic
    • Community
  • Disaster/disease Relief
  • Education
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Grant Writing
  • HIV/AIDS Advocacy
  • Immigrant Rights
  • International Housing
  • LGBTQ
  • Labor and Worker Rights
  • Policy Development
  • Program Administration
  • Refugee Advocacy
  • Victim Rights
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Black organizations, e.g. National Association of the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network, 100 Black Men, National Council of La Raza
  • Community action agencies
  • Faith-based organizations (FBOs) and churches
  • Federal government agencies with a community focus, e.g. Peace Corps, USAID, and the Foreign Service (State Department) or focus on community assistance, e.g. Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services
  • International aid and relief organizations
  • NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations), e.g.Action Aid, Oxfam, International Red Cross
  • Nonprofit organizations, e.g. National Black Business Council
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • State and local government agencies
  • Develop excellent research, writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Learn how to motivate individuals and groups.
  • Earn leadership roles in campus organizations, e.g. the NAACP.
  • Learn a language spoken in Africa, e.g. Swahili or Zulu; or in Latin America, e.g. Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole.
  • Participate in campus “alternative break” trips or church-led mission trips to places such as the Caribbean, South America, or Africa.
  • Plan to move to larger communities for more opportunities.
  • Seek cultural experiences on campus and get involved with the international student population.
  • Volunteer at relevant local social service & community agencies to gain experience and demonstrate interest.

Human Services

  • Counseling
  • Administration
  • Case Management
  • Community Relations
  • Mental Health Services
  • Programming
  • Psychotherapy/Social Work
  • Federal, state, or local government, including:
    • Dept. of Human Services
    • Veterans Administration
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Mental health institutions
  • Nonprofit and social services organizationsincluding United Way, Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, etc.
  • Organizations that aid minorities, immigrants and refugees or focus on cultural issues
  • Private and group practice
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Student Development
  • Youth organizations including YMCA, Boys and Girls Club
  • Acquire knowledge of government and community resources available for those in need.
  • Gain essential practical experience through part-time or summer jobs, internships, and study abroad.
  • Learn to work well with different types of people and gain experience working with diverse clientele.
  • Obtain a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or social work for increased counseling opportunities or advancement into administrative work.
  • Participate in training opportunities, e.g. suicide prevention or crisis hotline response.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in psychology, social work, or child and family studies.
  • Volunteer with organizations that assist people of diverse backgrounds, such as ones providing services to refugees and immigrants.

Law, Politics & Administration

  • Campaign Management
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Government Relations
  • Intelligence
  • Law:
    • Civil
    • Corporate Practice
    • Immigration
    • International & Human Rights
    • Public Interest
  • Legislative or Executive Aide/Assistant
  • Lobbying
  • Program Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Corporate legal departments
  • District attorneys
  • Government agencies, e.g. US African Development Agency, US Agency for International Development, Department of Labor
  • Law firms
  • Legal aid
  • Lobbying groups
  • Public defenders offices
  • Public interest groups, e.g. Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Sole practitioner
  • Gain relevant experience through jobs or internships with law firms, government agencies, or mediation centers.
  • Get involved with the pre-law society on campus.
  • Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations.
  • Obtain the J.D. for law positions or an advanced degree in political science, public administration, international development, international relations or public policy for government positions.
  • Participate in activities that develop strong debate and public speaking skills such as mock trial.
  • Prepare for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Supplement curriculum with relevant courses to prepare for law school or public administration.

Education

  • Administration
  • Information/Library
  • Multicultural Programming
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Support Services
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Campus cultural centers
  • Community organizations
  • Cultural heritage museums
  • School and community libraries
  • Student Development, e.g. Educational Advancement Program, Student Conduct and
  • Upward Bound
  • Universities and colleges
  • Develop strong communication and public speaking skills.
  • Earn a Ph.D. to teach and research at four-year institutions. The interdisciplinary nature of Africana studies makes it good preparation for advanced education in a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Get involved in leadership roles on campus such as peer mentor, resident advisor, or orientation leader.
  • Join related professional associations as a student member.
  • Obtain a master’s degree in student affairs or library/information science if interested in those areas.
  • Secure strong recommendations from faculty and maintain a high grade point average.
  • Volunteer to assist a professor with research or take an independent study class.

Business & Industry

  • Advertising
  • Consulting
  • Equity and Diversity functions
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Training and Development
  • Consulting firms
  • Marketing companies
  • Public and private corporations in various industries including:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Businesses targeting a Black clientele
    • Consumer goods manufacturers
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Insurance companies
    • Retail stores
  • Public relations agencies
  • Staffing agencies
  • Be willing to start in a management-trainee program or other entry-level positions.
  • Become current with business and industry expectations, literature and news.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals to learn more about career fields.
  • Double major or minor in business.
  • Earn an MBA or a graduate degree in another area of interest for more advanced opportunities.
  • Gain business experience through internships or part-time and summer jobs.
  • Intern in corporate sector.
  • Join campus organizations or professional societies and seek leadership roles.
  • Learn how to sell your Africana Studies major to companies that value cultural diversity.
  • Understand the top skills employers desire and be prepared to demonstrate them, such as communication (oral and written), computer, interpersonal, leadership, and teamwork.
  • When job searching, seek employers interested in hiring “any major.”

Communications & Media

  • Copy Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Journalism
  • Research and Analysis
  • Advertising agencies
  • Broadcast media companies including television and movie industry
  • Large corporations
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Public relations
  • Publications and Internet sites marketed toward African Americans, e.g. Ebony, Essence
  • Publishing houses
  • Radio
  • Self-employment
  • State, Local and Federal government
  • Trade, Professional, or consumer publications
  • Become familiar with the proposal and submission process involved in freelance writing. Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those that have been published.
  • Intern with a publishing house, magazine or other relevant organization.
  • Obtain a minor in English or journalism or take other writing-focused classes.
  • Pair an interest in Africana Studies with communication skills to write on topics of interest to minorities, or for publications targeting a Black or Latino audience.
  • Seek opportunities for recognition and networking through writing contests and freelance writing submissions.
  • Volunteer to assist or tutor students.
  • Write for campus publications such as college newspapers, magazines, or department/program newsletters.

 
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