Career changers Jim Alderfer and Jacqueline Cahill

Are You A Career Changer?

“I’m excited to be following my passion,” says Jim Alderfer, M.S.S. ’17. Before earning a social work degree, Jim worked for 32 years as a computer programmer. It was a successful career, but not his true calling.

Considering changing career paths in order to pursue your passion and commitment to working with others? We invite you to attend our Career Changers Program to explore all that the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) has to offer, and how a graduate degree in social work could be the right path for you.

The Career Changers Program is a workshop that provides an overview of our graduate program in social work. Participants will have a chance to meet faculty and to learn about the multiple ways that people can use a degree in social work. We will review a case study and use interactive discussion throughout this seminar.

Details on our Fall 2023 Career Changers Program coming soon.


Using Their Experience for the Greater Good

Learn more about how our career changers found their way to social work.

GSSWSR student
Darlyne Bailey, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the GSSWSR
Skills and 
knowledge from a previous career or life experience are often transferable to social work. Our Career Changers are at a place in life where they want to learn how to best use their experience for the greater good. They want to give back, and we’re here to help them do just that.