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What is the best college major to actually help what's going on? I'm graduating with a sociology degree, but I'm going back to school for a sciences bachelor as well, and I'm just curious, what is the best path to actually be able to help?
 

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Help where, and how, in what capacity?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2967503"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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That's part of the question, any capacity, and in any way.
 

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In that case, one doesn't need a degree.<br><br>
There are numerous volunteer organizations that anyone can join and help.<br><br>
If one is interested in making a difference in an individual way, volunteering to do direct, hands on community service is great.<br><br>
If one wants to make an impact in a bigger way, assisting with making a larger impact, volunteering to help organizations which help individuals is a great way.<br><br>
If one wants to spearhead an organization, getting a degree and pursuing starting/working at foundations and outreach groups is awesome.
 

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That's part of the question, any capacity, and in any way.</div>
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What are your interests? Helping animals, helping the environment, other social issues?? If you're going to pursue a degree figuring out what your true interest/passion is is very important...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AddieB</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2967578"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What are your interests? Helping animals, helping the environment, other social issues?? If you're going to pursue a degree figuring out what your true interest/passion is is very important...</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2967519"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
In that case, one doesn't need a degree.<br><br>
There are numerous volunteer organizations that anyone can join and help.<br><br>
If one is interested in making a difference in an individual way, volunteering to do direct, hands on community service is great.<br><br>
If one wants to make an impact in a bigger way, assisting with making a larger impact, volunteering to help organizations which help individuals is a great way.<br><br>
If one wants to spearhead an organization, getting a degree and pursuing starting/working at foundations and outreach groups is awesome.</div>
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I'm not talking about volunteering, I want to make a living.
 

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What are your interests? Helping animals, helping the environment, other social issues?? If you're going to pursue a degree figuring out what your true interest/passion is is very important...</div>
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That's part of the problem, I would want to help with any of the above. Most money + greatest impact = happy river
 

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I'm not talking about volunteering, I want to make a living.</div>
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It appears we are not communicating well. I hope that changes. I think we may feel similarly, however without additional information, it's a challenge to know.
 

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That's part of the problem, I would want to help with any of the above. Most money + greatest impact = happy river</div>
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Well, that's a little more info, that helps!<br><br>
Getting a master's or PhD and working towards heading a foundation in the area of your interest (volunteer work helps immensely in all these areas mentioned and often leads to employment) would be awesome. Grantwriting is a useful skill; I know people who wanted to do helping work and wrote grants to start agencies/foundations where they wrote a salary in and helped people whilst making a good living.
 

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Well, that's a little more info, that helps!<br><br>
Getting a master's or PhD and working towards heading a foundation in the area of your interest (volunteer work helps immensely in all these areas mentioned and often leads to employment) would be awesome. Grantwriting is a useful skill; I know people who wanted to do helping work and wrote grants to start agencies/foundations where they wrote a salary in and helped people whilst making a good living.</div>
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I'm gonna tell you right now, graduate degrees take A LOT of time and dedication, if you don't know what you want to do it will be a difficult road...
 

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Well, yes! I agree. I think that knowing what one wants to do is the most important piece of missing information here! Doing *anything* if you don't know what you want to do is difficult. Helping someone who doesn't know what they want to do is difficult even <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AddieB</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2967629"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm gonna tell you right now, graduate degrees take A LOT of time and dedication, if you don't know what you want to do it will be a difficult road...</div>
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If you're looking to stay in the line of social work, there are many speciality areas to go into such as helping at a drug-addiction center, a women's shelter, or become a general counsellor. I know that Doctor's Without Borders will take applications from doctors, mental health specialists, and other health specialists (and office workers). It provides paid salary and you'd be helping people in other countries.<br><br>
There are other great organiziations around. Researching different organizations is a good place to start. I think it's important that you find something you feel passionate about, because there are <i>so many</i> ways in which to help others. If you don't see something you like, maybe you could create your own organization to support a cause that matters to you.
 

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What is the best college major to actually help what's going on? I'm graduating with a sociology degree, but I'm going back to school for a sciences bachelor as well, and I'm just curious, what is the best path to actually be able to help?</div>
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Don't wuss out and load up on soft bio subjects (which is not to say you shouldn't do bio, just avoid using it to coast). For your first year you should be able to pick subjects from a range of disciplines and see what you like, without closing off your options.<br><br>
Also - avoiding maths because you don't like it is a terrible idea. At a bare minimum do some statistics.
 

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Marketing, definitely, and I would make sure the curriculum would help me develop extensive skill sets in fund-raising and social media.<br><br>
As a graphic designer, I've worked with a lot of non-profits over the years, and they all have ambitious agendas that are always on hold until they find donors. Lack of money blocks a lot of great things from happening. And practically all of the ones I work with don't grasp social media or its ability to mobilize supporters.
 

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Anything that will increase your written and verbal communications skills would be worth doing. Being able to communicate in any office environment is half the battle. Specific things tend to only be good if you know what job you want i.e. medical school to be a doctor or law degree to be a laywer. If you have no idea stick to thinks that develop general skills used in multiple fields i.e. English, Maths and communications skils etc. Also knowing how to use MS products like Word and Excel can help as well. Touch typing benifits anyone that uses a keyboard... ok end of my ramble. Good luck.
 
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