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What Can You Do With Your Community Service Worker Degree?

Posted on December 9th, 2015 - Written by: Vanessa Hamkens


If you’re passionate about working with individuals and groups within your community, making the decision to pursue a Community Service Worker diploma could very well be the stepping stone you need to start a rewarding and meaningful career. Community Services Workers play an integral role in helping youth, families and other members of the community make positive social, economic or physical changes. While this may sound appealing, you may still have questions about the type of work you would be doing as a Community Service Worker, required skills and available career paths. Let us help you answer some of those questions!

Industry Description

With a job as a community service worker, your focus will be on providing care, support and counselling to individuals dealing with a variety of issues. Providing emotional support to clients is an important role with the hopeful outcome of helping clients obtain a more satisfactory quality of life.

The knowledge and skills that are required as a community service worker will range based on your work environment and job type. However those basic skills include are:

• A basic knowledge of social work practices and the social services industry

• Knowledge of the social, child care and health resources available in your community

• Ability to understand and accept the needs and right of others

• Ability to work with a wide range of service recipients

• Ability to compile factual reports

• Ability to express ideas effectively and with proficiency

• Developed skills in communication and interpersonal skills to maintain a supportive social service relationship

Industry Careers

As a Community Service Worker, you will administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services, as well as assist clients with personal and social needs. Canadian Business College’s CSW program prepares students for careers in some of the following positions/fields:

Addictions Worker

Take the opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices. A career as an addictions worker includes the assessment of psychological conditions to determine, develop and implement treatment and recovery plans. This field will allow you to provide community support through counselling, education and support programs for individuals and families.

Childcare Worker

As a childcare worker, you are given the chance to improve the lives of the youth in your community. Job tasks will include investigating cases of family violence, child abuse and neglect and taking preventative action to protect your child community member. Depending on your title, you may also recruit foster parents, work adoption cases or supervise the placement of children into protective care.

Community Centre Coordinator

Be a leader in your community. As a community centre coordinator you will overlook the facilitation and promotion of community planning and development as well as monitor community empowerment. Additionally, you may be given the task to identify and foster development opportunities, secure funding for development activities and programs, and ensure public input is considered in development plans and projects.

Correctional Facilities

A correctional facilities worker is concerned with the social rehabilitation of young or adult offenders. Job positions include classification officers, probation officers or parole officers. As a correctional worker, your priority if helping ex-prisoners adjust to life in the community while conforming to the conditions of their parole.

Mental Health Agencies

By working at a mental health agency, you will be directly involved in providing mental health services to clients. These services are provided in a variety of settings including primary health care centres, agency office, client’s home, or a public setting like a coffee shop. Positions include a case manager, crisis counsellor (telephone distress centers), mental health promotion worker, occupational therapist, peer support worker or personal support worker.

School Boards

Seize the opportunity to help students succeed in their educational environment. As a community service worker in a school board, you help students, parents and teachers assess and solve problems such as aggressive behaviour or family problems that may affect a student’s performance.

Social Services Centre/ Social Services Agency

Connect to health, housing, childcare and other social services by working in a social services centre or agency. As a social services worker you will provide employment support, financial benefits and social support to people living in your community. Tasks may include helping them find a job or the training they need to find work. Duties for such broad of a role will depend on the settings and environment in which you work.

Discover how you can make a difference with a Community Service Workers diploma from the Canadian Business College. Our program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to create a positive impact on their community and to prepare for a rewarding career in community support roles. Students will learn how to work with clients, assess their needs, and develop an effective action plan. With the knowledge and skills provided through CBC’s Community Service Worker  program, we help open the doors to endless possibilities for you to give back to your community and enhance your career.

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