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Careers That Make a Difference

July 17, 2020


If you’re anything like me, you’ve been a bit overwhelmed with everything going on in our world recently. With all the changes and challenges, it’s tempting to get stuck in a negative mindset (and just want to sit around eating double stuffed Oreo’s all day- my favorite)! Although that may be okay to do for a bit, it’s important to focus on what we can do to keep moving forward and make a positive difference in our communities. If you’ve been thinking lately about career paths that make a difference, here are 3 careers that can make a social change by supporting individuals and communities.

1) Community Health Workers: Do you enjoy health, wellness, and advocating for others? Community health workers, or health educators, assist individuals and communities by providing resources and education to promote healthy lifestyles. Health workers directly impact their communities by identifying health needs and empowering others to live healthy lifestyles. Learn more about Community Health Workers here. 

2) Social Workers: Social workers are all about helping others. They can work with individuals, communities, or agencies to help people cope with issues in their daily lives. Social workers may support clients going through challenges such as a physical or mental illness, divorce, or unemployment. If you enjoy working with people to support and advocate for them, click here to learn more about the different types of social workers.

3) Outreach Coordinator for a nonprofit organization: Nonprofits are businesses that exist to further a social cause and provide a public benefit, such as helping individuals who are homeless gain employment or providing food banks, healthcare services, or other resources to those in need. Working at a nonprofit as an outreach coordinator can include planning events, budgeting, and training volunteers in order to support the organization’s goal and mission. Learn more about careers in nonprofits here.


There are so many other jobs out there that make a positive difference, these are just a few ideas that hopefully will help guide you on your career journey. Don’t forget to click on those hyperlinks above, they might lead to other inspiring ideas for a career path or volunteer opportunity!

If you would like 1:1 career guidance, click here to set up an appointment with a career counselor- we are happy to help!


Natalie Azzouni
Natalie Azzouni
Career Coach




Three Must Do's at Your Internship

July 14, 2020


With excitement and anxiety walking into the internship organization, we tend to want to be on our best behavior, make a great impression, and not make a fool of ourselves. Sometimes we tense up and forget to be human! Then a whole internship experience goes by in a flash and we look back on what we can learn and what we can do the next time to improve and grow. With four internships over the years, here are my three must-dos: 


  1. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask! If there is something you want to know/learn or want to dip your toes into, just ask! More than likely, your supervisor is happy to teach you or redirect you to someone at the company to shed some light on the topic. 
  2. Get to know the people. Talk to different people in different departments within the company. Meet new people on your lunch break. This will allow you to really immerse yourself within the company and see how every department, every person, makes the company and culture. Listening to their journeys, ambitions, and dreams will teach you different things professionally and personally about yourself. 
  3. Have fun! At the end of the day, we are all humans. Talk to your colleagues, with professionalism and friendliness. Don’t be afraid to loosen up and be you. We forget we are all growing and learning. You may even give some advice your colleagues may love! 


Melina Chow
CSUF Class of 2020 - BA Business Administration

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