School of Education and Social Policy (SESP)

Adviser                                                                                                                                                             

Lynn Page
Lynn works with SESP students who need assistance with job/internship searching, researching industries, preparing resumes and cover letters, interview preparation, networking skills, and negotiating offers.  Lynn also works with Pre-Law students
Schedule an appointment with Lynn through CareerCat

Human Development & Psychological Services

The Human Development and Psychological Services (HDPS) program explores how human development is influenced by family, schools, community and the workplace. HDPS courses focus on theories of individual development and family, group and organizational dynamics. The interdisciplinary program draws from current practice and research in counseling, personality psychology and human development. It also draws on the disciplines of psychology, sociology, gender studies, communication studies, cognitive science and anthropology to give students the opportunity to combine theory with practice and develop pragmatic skills grounded in a deep understanding of human psychology, growth and adaptation throughout the life span.

Market Your Skills

  • Communication                                                      
  • Interpersonal                     
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking                                    
  • Research                               
  • Creativity

Sample list of different career titles HDPS majors might pursue

Adult Day Care Service Provider, Before/After School Program Staff, Autism Agency Staff Member, College Admissions Representative, Crisis Center Staff, Customer Service Representative, Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate, Early Childhood/Preschool Teacher, Employment Interviewer/Recruiter, Human Resources Professional, Human Service Agency Case Manager, Independent Living Assistant, Patient Services Representative, Research Assistant, Sales Professional, Youth Advocate.

Types of businesses or organizations

  • Before & After School Programs     
  • Human Services Agencies                      
  • Community Support Programs
  • Mental Health Centers                       
  • Insurance Companies              
  • Hospitals
  • Crisis Intervention Centers              
  • Colleges & Universities            
  • Non-Profit Organization

Northwestern University students have worked at

  • Children’s Memorial Hospital                                                    
  • Planned Parenthood                
  • Teach for America
  • Thresholds Residential Treatment Program  
  • CONTACT Crisis Line                                
  • JumpStart
  • Inspiration Corporation                                               
  • Chicago Women’s Health Center                    
  • LIFT

Extracurricular Opportunities

Learning and Organizational Change

The Learning and Organizational Change (LOC) program explores how organizations and the individuals within them use knowledge and learning to create and respond to change within their environments. LOC addresses the forces of change including technology, globalization, and changing demographics, and the theories and applications of learning, innovation, and knowledge sharing. The interdisciplinary program draws upon current research in the field of learning sciences and organization behavior. It also draws on the disciplines of economics, anthropology, psychology, sociology and computer science to give students robust lenses with which to view, understand and influence change.

Market Your Skills

  • Project Management                   
  • Initiative                              
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving                           
  • Time Management             
  • Data Analysis

Sample list of different career titles LOC majors might pursue

Human resources associate, training and development specialist, change management project lead, design strategist, organizational change managing consultant, labor relations specialist, management analyst, market research analyst, marketing specialist, equal opportunity representatives, public relations manager, entrepreneur.

Northwestern University students have worked at

  • Accenture                          
  • Deloitte Consulting            
  • Coyote Logistics
  • AON Corporation              
  • McKinsey & Company                     
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Bain & Company               
  • PWC                                       
  • Discover Financial Services

Extracurricular Opportunities

 Secondary Teaching

The Secondary Teaching program uses an interdisciplinary approach by combining course work from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) in a chosen field — such as English, history or math — with School of Education and Social Policy courses on such topics as child and adolescent development, educational philosophy, and methods of instruction.

Market Your Skills

  • Design                               
  • Communication                   
  • Teamwork
  • Management                    
  • Organization                        
  • Leadership

Sample list of career titles Secondary Teaching majors might pursue

  • Teacher (English, math, social studies, science, language, art, history)
  • Other: after-school programs and youth organizations, government agencies, human resources

NU student have worked at

  • Evanston Township H.S.                 
  • Whitney Young H.S.                    
  • Cass Junior High
  • Chicago Hope Academy                   
  • Teach for America                      
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Dunbar Vocational Career Academy   
  • Lemont Township H.S.         
  • Urban Teacher Center

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Tutor
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Mentor
  • Volunteer
  • *Job search site to find local opportunities: QuadJobs

Social Policy

The Social Policy program explores how policies function as the guiding principles that serve as the foundation for social programs. The Social Policy program analyzes the ways in which social policies and social institutions influence the course of human lives, and the ways in which individuals can influence social policies. The program provides a strong background in the social sciences and an understanding of current social policy issues. This interdisciplinary program also draws upon current research in the fields of African American studies, anthropology, communication studies, economics, gender studies, history, philosophy, political science, public health and sociology.

Market Your Skills

  • Service Orientation
  • Planning                               
  • Research
  • Communication                
  • Problem Solving                 
  • Multitasking

Sample list of different career titles Social Policy majors might pursue

Legislator, policy analyst, legislative aide, advocacy coordinator, policy professor, research associate,    educational researcher,  local government analyst, social and community service manager, urban planner, city manager, health services manager, social policy researcher, foreign service officer, consultant,  program coordinator, operations research analyst, counterterrorism analyst, terrorism consultant, international health care worker, public health educator, epidemiologist.

Explore Popular Specializations

Social work

  • Child & Family Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Medical/Public Health
  • Substance Abuse

Education

  • Educational Research

Public Policy

  • Economic Policy
  • Global Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Local & Urban Policy
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Nongovernmental Organization Policy (NGO)
  • Terrorism & Peace Policy

Public Health

  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology

Law
Medicine

NU students have worked at

  • Chicago Women’s Health Center              
  • Urban Prep Academies         
  • Girl Scouts
  • Teach for America                            
  • Supplies for Dreams         
  • Jumpstart
  • U.S. Department of Education       
  • Heartland Alliance                          
  • Family Matters

Extracurricular Opportunities

Information for  Faculty                                                                                        

Lynn is available to present in your class or student group. Previous workshops have covered: career exploration, maximizing the internship experience, resume and cover letter reviews, interview prep, and career fair prep.

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