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How to decide if social work might be right for you

By Edited Mar 13, 2014 0 0

If you have been considering different potential career paths and whether they may fit well in your life, you may have wondered about the possibilities available in the field of social work. Such large, personal decisions are made for a variety of reasons, and some of those will be discussed here. While there aren't any surefire ways to decide if a particular career path is suitable to you, certain insights and considerations may be helpful in making such choices.

If you have ever been in a position to utilize someone else's insights and expertise about personal decisions in your life, you may have been met with the sort of skills that meaningful social workers employ in their daily practices. While insight and expertise are sometimes appreciated, often social workers act as skilled listeners, providing a compassionate space in which an individual can share honestly without fear of criticism or judgment.

If you find that you are skilled at this sort of interaction in your personal life, being slow to offer unsolicited advice and instead helping your loved ones find their own truth inside themselves, you may be a good candidate as a social worker. Building authentic relationships based on empathy is essential to social work, however, it is also crucial that practitioners be willing to accept new research and theories that may be in contrast to their usual inclinations.

Because social workers, along with other “helping” professionals, are sometimes so passionate about the paths they consider to be most valuable, it is essential to keep an open mind to other potential solutions for clients. Because clients and their needs are varied, it is quite possible that the new information (about which you are skeptical) could end up being quite helpful for a client at some point.

While social work is not known to be a particularly financially lucrative field, if you want to be of great emotional assistance to others during challenging life experiences, it may be the field for you. There are countless ways that social workers impact lives, including hospital social work arranging outpatient care for surgery patients or comforting grieving parents of children who have died, individual and group therapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, protective care for foster, adoptive and eldercare services, substance abuse treatment and prevention, ex-offender re-entry and prison initiatives, as well as many other settings.

If what you have read in this article is interesting to you, you might want to visit the website for the National Association of Social Workers and learn more about the meaningful opportunities available in this field.

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