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Irini is enabling positive social change through community services.
You could inspire change in our communities.
With broad career possibilities, you'll have plenty of opportunities to create positive change and help make a difference with your degree. See yourself here in 2020.
Are you curious about how different people interact, and the way society operates? A degree in community services allows you to understand, predict, explain, and nurture human behaviour. You will use your skills to improve all aspects of society. This includes citizenship, infrastructure, the environment, economy, social justice, and mental health. You’ll have the chance to address social challenges in local and global communities, creating positive change at a ground level, to help make the world a better place.
Our degrees offer exciting career prospects in positions such as social workers, child protection officers, community development workers, social researchers, foreign affairs officers, urban planners, multicultural community liaisons, and more. When you study community services at the University of Newcastle, you’ll be equipped with the skills and opportunities you need to build a meaningful career and make a real difference to your community.
We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, particularly in a diverse area like community and human services. You might, however, know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.
|Degree name||Selection rank|
|Bachelor of Arts (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
|Bachelor of Development Studies|
|Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies|
|Bachelor of Psychological Science|
|Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Social Science|
|Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)|
Aged care involves learning how to work with, and advocate for, older people and assisting them to navigate the evolving health services environment. As Australia’s population ages, the demand for aged care workers is expected to increase. A career in this industry can be enriching and extremely rewarding.
Community welfare is about the study and creation of programs and initiatives that provide income, service or other support for disadvantaged people such as the poor, elderly, disabled, students, refugees and other underprivileged groups. You learn how to act as a key advocate for their rights and help lobby for change. This area may be challenging but the difference community welfare experts make is enormous.
Globalisation is a process of interaction between people, companies and governments of different nations. This process is commonly driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. Professionals in this area have a global outlook and a strong understanding of economics, social justice and politics.
Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. In this field you’ll learn about human behaviour, and the skills and strategies to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Career opportunities are broad and varied and understanding human behaviour is a definite advantage in any industry.
This area is about studying development at a local, national and international level. Your learning focuses on making economic and social transformations in our communities. You could focus on infrastructure, services and planning or social issues like gentrification and urban sprawl.
Studying a combined degree gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also gain a competitive edge in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.
Watch Rachael's story
Are you interested in a career helping people pursue new possibilities? At its best, social work means understanding without judging, and helping others gain the agency to live their fullest lives. That’s what Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) alumnus Rachael Howard loves most about her work.
“I chose social work because I spent a lot of time working in a children’s hospital,” says Rachael.
“I was able to see how social workers help their patients or clients by helping them help themselves, putting the scaffolding up around them so they’re able to achieve their goals that they pick out for themselves.”
“Social work does that really well by letting the client be the expert in their own lives.”
A proud Indigenous woman, Rachael’s path to the University of Newcastle began with the Wollotuka Institute, where the staff helped support her throughout the application process.
“It was important to me to have Wollotuka. They were really supportive with my application, and gave me a safe place to study, and support systems around that,” says Rachael.
Almost right away, Rachael was excited to experience the University’s strong focus on practical internships and work placements, at every step of the way.
“I was a part of the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship program which allowed me to do two summer internships. One at the Aboriginal Housing Office in Parramatta and one at Life Without Barriers in Newcastle.”
“I also completed two placements as a part of my degree, one at Family and Community Services and one with the counselling team in Catholic Schools.”
Rachael believes that focus is part of what sets the University’s Social Work program apart.
“People in the field hold it in high regard, they have two placements and everyone speaks about how when you finish Social Work from the University of Newcastle you’re much more job-ready, through the subject choices and the placement program.”
Through her placement and internship experiences, Rachael came to discover a passion for helping youth in need of mental health services. Today, she’s proud to work at headspace Maitland, a youth mental health and counselling centre. There, she is a critical member of the intake team.
“I love that I am a part of changing the stigma around mental health. I think it is really important that society’s view of mental health changes to make it easier for people to ask for help when they need it.”
In the future, she’d like to integrate her current professional path with her other passions.
“I would love to tie in my love for fitness with my social work degree and promote healthy living as a more holistic target.”
“As an Aboriginal woman I would love to work in Indigenous communities and help my people achieve better health and educational outcomes, and I would also like to work with youth mental health, possibly tying all three goals together one day!”
And if anyone can create a new holistic way of serving communities, Rachael can.
Irini is enabling positive social change through community services.
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