Jennifer U

Jennifer U

Social worker/peer advocate

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Graduated high school knowing I'd go into mental health.
Went to community college for 4 years.
Transferred to a four year school, got my grades up, excelled in my psych classes.
Graduated, found a part time job as a peer advocate at a non profit organization.
Applied to graduate school for my masters in clinical psychology.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Psychology, General
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Career

Social worker/peer advocate

Provide clients with compassion, empathy, and guidance through my personal experiences and recovery.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Medicine
Helping People

Day to Day

Seeing my clients and making their day a little better by visiting with them.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Personal first hand experience with mental illness, knowledge of DSM criteria, familiar with psychotropic medications, being nonjudgmental, and being able to remain clinical and detached but still be able to provide support, encouragement, and education about mental illness.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Psychology is difficult with just an undergrad degree.. know that this is the field for you and that you'll most likely need to further your education in order to make a decent living. I suggest an internship to see if it's the right field for you. This is the kind of job you do because you're passionate about it, not for the money.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Associate's Degree
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Social Work

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're gonna be in school for a really long time."

Challenges I Overcame

Violence/Mental Health