Five Cross-cutting Social Work Skills that Put you Ahead

5 cross cutting skills in social work

Transferrable Social Work Skills Earning your MSW prepares you with a set of in-demand abilities and social work skills that nearly every organization needs, and puts you in an exclusive pool of candidates, opening a world of career possibilities. With these adaptable skills, you’re more than hirable – you’re invaluable. Government relations personnel are hired for their policy knowledge and ability to make things happen. HR professionals thrive because of their knack for anticipating needs and understanding human motivation. Researchers bring to the table their affinity for data and analysis. FEMA seeks employees who can stay calm under pressure. Journalists excel with their ability to paint a vivid narrative. With an MSW, you have a royal flush. Team management No matter the organization, company, or mission, when you bring in a hodgepodge of individuals and personalities to work together, an empathetic and intuitive leader is needed to manage their efficiency. Your grasp on human behavior, as well as your experience… Read More >

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Social Work - Career Opportunities in a Wide Range of Areas

Social Work Careers

Social Work is a caring career — and social workers earning their MSW are able to pursue their ambitions to be a political leader or boss, to drive organizational transformation or create game-changing programs, or even carve out a place in the C-Suite. An education in social work gives you an extraordinary set of in-demand, future-friendly skills, ranging from research design and data analysis to team leadership and crisis management. Here are a few of the top areas where these skills are needed most. Senior living This field must recruit 1.2 million new employees by 2025, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, crunched by Argentum, the nation’s largest senior living association. And social workers will be key among them. The senior living industry is known for career mobility, with employees quickly working up to administrative or executive levels. In addition to clinical knowledge, social work training will prove useful in getting diverse groups — staff, residents, and families —… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Thomas Troelstrup, MPH Program

Thomas Troelstrup, MPH

“Thanks to this terrific program, I was just offered my dream job on Tuesday as a Foodborne Disease Outbreak Epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville! I never thought I would land it by the age of 28!” MPH student Thomas Troelstrup reached out to us with some exciting news about his career this week, so we wanted to connect with him to talk about his new opportunity and his experience with UNE! Like so many MPH students, Thomas came to study Public Health in a somewhat roundabout way. After high school, he attended community college, playing college baseball and majoring in History. Shortly thereafter, he was offered the opportunity to transfer to UNC Greensboro, to play ball, but History was not available to him as a major due to an issue with transfer credits. He was offered the choice between Public Health, Economics, and Communications as the best potential fits for the amount and type of credits… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Alison Braid, MPH – Public Health Program

Alison Braid, MPH student at UNE Online

MPH student Alison Braid is more than halfway through her degree, and loving it. After spending over 15 years in the professional translation and website localization industry, she wanted to make a career switch. Says Alison, “I decided that it was time for a change!” Alison is based in New York City, and most recently managed a localization team of engineers, linguists, and graphic designers, evaluating certain websites, translating and adapting them into several languages. Her day-to-day activities involved working across diverse industries and cultures, and making the websites they’re localizing appealing to each culture. With her Master’s Degree in Translation Studies, she started in the firm as a project manager, and worked her way up through the ranks of the company. Most recently, she managed an international production team of 80 members located in the US, India, Asia, Europe, and South America. Career change on the horizon Ten years ago Alison started thinking about a career change. She tried… Read More >

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Ed.D. Student Ben Luce published in professional journal

Ben Luce, Ed.D.

Benjamin Luce, a student in the University of New England’s Online Doctoral Program in Transformative Leadership, was recently published in the American Journal of Distance Education. Benjamin interviewed Bryan Alexander, a leading thinker and writer in issues of education and technology. Alexander is a senior fellow for the National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education. The two discuss many issues relating to technology and its place in modern education – including social media, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), history of technology in education, distance education, and much more. For those with institutional access to the American Journal of Distance Education, the interview can be found here. Check with your library to see if you have access to the periodical – it’s a fascinating discussion on education and how Bryan’s life has shaped his thinking. Check out Bryan Alexander’s site for more about him, and to read his writings. About Benjamin Luce Benjamin Luce is the Academic Dean for the Maine… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, Ed.D. – Education Program

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, Ed.D. student

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi is a student in the University of New England’s Online Doctoral Program in Transformative Leadership. She is currently working on her dissertation with the other members of her cohort, and checked in with her about her study. Here’s what Kim has to say about her participatory action research experience and why she picked the University of New England for her doctorate in education: “The opportunity to pursue research that would document the transformative impact of an Instructional Leadership Team in a rural environment combined my work and passion for school turnaround. I have rooted my qualitative study in a district that embraced shared-leadership as a structure for implementing numerous educator mandates. The study identifies the actions and supports the district and school administrators engage in and the work of a leadership team integrating the educator evaluation frameworks. My goal is to document a process that is replicable in other rural environments as these resource-thin areas struggle to improve… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Mona Haimour, MPH – Public Health Program

Mona Haimour

Mona Haimour, RN, BScN, MSN, MPH(c) is an Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. And as an inductee to UNE’s Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society last year, she has also proven herself to be one of UNE’s brightest MPH students. Mona has done wonderfully as a UNE student and full-time professional. She will be finishing up her MPH this semester, and has just returned from a Practical Experience trip abroad in South Africa with the organization Children and Family Health International (CHFI). Originally from Jordan, Mona earned her Registered Nurse certification and actively practiced as an RN in the area of women’s health, maternal child health and pediatrics for many years there. It was in Jordan that she also earned her Master of Science in Nursing, and began to shift her work from nursing practice to nursing education. After working and volunteering across the Middle East, including… Read More >

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Innovative and Inspiring: Health Informatics

Maine Startup and Create Week

Megan Landry, BSN, MHA, and Program Manager for the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, was a speaker on a healthcare panel during Maine Startup and Create Week on June 23, at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. The panel focused on an important aspect of health informatics in today’s healthcare environment: how the health informatics industry is embracing Big Data to transform the landscape of the healthcare industry into a predictive and analytical machine. Maine Startup and Create Week This year’s Maine Startup and Create Week theme was Design & Innovation, and how it is imperative for both design and innovation to be present in order to fuel high-impact entrepreneurship. For the third year in a row, Maine entrepreneurs gathered in downtown Portland, Maine to celebrate entrepreneurship while gaining access to cutting-edge content, opportunities for applied learning, and networking. “I was thrilled to represent the University of New England as an innovator last week at Maine Startup and Create Week. I believe… Read More >

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Spotlight: Katy Krings, MPH – Public Health Program

Katy Krings, MPH

Katy Krings is in her final semester of the MPH program and is an excellent example of how online education can be used as a powerful tool to reach qualified individuals who wouldn’t otherwise have access to higher education. Originally from Wisconsin, Katy now lives and works as a public health nurse in rural Southwest Alaska. In fact, the area in which Katy works is so remote that her patients are not accessible by road or boat for much of the year – she has to fly between these arctic villages to provide her patients with care and public health education. Now that’s going the extra mile. Some background on Katy and her career Katy discovered Public Health nursing after earning her undergraduate degree in nursing and completing a nursing rotation in Denver, Colorado. In researching career opportunities, she found that Alaska hires many new nursing graduates, giving them the opportunity to get real-life experience right away. So because of the plentiful opportunities… Read More >

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