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Industry Page: Education, Social Service, and Nonprofit

Careers in education offer opportunities to use advocacy, service, and leadership to enhance the human condition, help others realize their potential, and make the world more just. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our resources to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.

Make an Appointment with a Career Coach

    • Log into your MyUTK account.
    • Select “Academic Support” from the options at the top of the screen and select “Vol Connect” from the dropdown menu.
    • This will take you to the Vol Connect student portal.
    • Click “Connect” from the options at the top of the screen and select “Schedule Appointments” from the dropdown menu.
    • Click the blue “Schedule an Appointment” button.
    • Select the “Teams” tab.
    • Select the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration.
    • Select the topic (Career Coaching) and subtopic. The subtopic will be Social Service/Education.
    • Select the preferred date, time, staff member, and modality.
    • Indicate what you would like to discuss during your appointment in the comment box.
    • To confirm the appointment, click “Schedule ___ Appointment.” Your appointment will NOT be saved until you click this button.
    • Please call 865-974-5435 if you have problems scheduling your appointment online.

Example Career Paths and Job Titles 

School Teacher School Psychologist Audiology and Speech Pathology
Student Support Services Student Affairs Academic Advising
Counseling Case management
Program Management Policy analysis Grant writing Fund raising/development
Corporate Trainer Curriculum Developer Publishing, Editing, and Technical Writing

Career Resources

Learn more…. Use this section to research career paths, typical job titles, and how to start building skills to get prepared for this industry.

What can professional organizations do for you? Use this section to learn about student organizations you can join at UT to learn more about your desired industry, network with professionals and peers with similar interests, and build transferable skills.

Check out these sites in addition to our Handshake feed on the right. Use this section to search specific job and internship boards for this industry.

  • Volunteer and Intern
  • Job Search
    • Higher Education
      • Higher Ed Jobs Find job openings in various areas of higher education, both faculty and administrative positions.
    • International Education/ Teaching English Abroad
      • MyWorld Abroad This resource provides information on all things international and includes specific job boards and guides for those interested in teaching abroad.
      • English as a Second Language Learn more about opportunities to teach ESL exist both abroad as well as in the United States.
    • K-12 Teaching, Administration, and Support (with a certification)
    • K-12 Teaching (without a Certification)
      • Service Corps focused on education access and achievement Many service corps offer opportunities for students of all majors and educational backgrounds to teach or engage in support roles in K-12 education. Learn more about service corps, and ones specifically focused on education, using this resource.
      •  Southern Teachers Agency Recruits teachers for privates and independent schools in the Southeast. Licensure not required for many positions in middle and high school.
      • Carney, Sandoe & Associates Recruits teachers for independent schools across the US and internationally. Licensure not required for many positions in middle and high school.
  • Volunteer and Intern
    • The Alliance for Better Non-Profits The Alliance provides support and resources to local non-profit organizations, but also has a job board, list of local non-profit members, training and educational options, and opportunities to network with local non-profit leaders.
    • Volunteer Knoxville Search their extensive database of both short term and long term volunteer opportunities in East Tennessee.
    • Idealist The premier non-profit job, internship, and volunteer opportunity database.
  • Job Search
    • Work for Good Job board dedicated to helping nonprofits connect with job seekers looking to make a difference
    • Bridgespan Job board focused on all types of non-profit employment.
    • To identify nonprofits in other areas of the country, you are encouraged to visit the United Way for that location and search for community partners.