Advantages What could be more rewarding?
Disadvantages Often only get a mention when something goes wrong.
If you already know that this is the role for you, like I do, then you will hopefully find this useful.
I started an Access course last year as a mature student and will finish in July this year - I'm really looking forward to it!
I decided on the Social Work course for university, because I am fascinated by people, their problems and how to work to solve them. I thought long and hard about other degree courses, but realised halfway through my Access course that I'm not really much of a studier - I'm more of a hands-on person who needs to not get bored, so this course is totally ideal for me in pursuing the career I have chosen.
(This would be the main reason why it took so long to get back to the studying thing.)
I started writing this as part of a project to hand in but never really finished it and did something else instead - I decided to post it on here in the hope that it would be a more beneficial read to someone on here rather than getting dusty on a shelf somewhere!
local authority social services;
education departments and special schools;
residential care homes, day centres, drop-in and community projects;
trusts, hospitals and multi-disciplinary health care teams or GP practices;
youth justice teams and projects.
The 'Social Work' bit of the job title is so diverse - you could work with anything from Child Protection Services to Educational Welfare, to Mental Health organisations, basically being, as described above, the crucial outside agency that literally can save a person's life (or save them from themselves!). Pretty much all of these 'departments' overlap, so career progression is endless.
A typical task can be anything from checking that a person with a disability has the means to live independently within their own home, or ensuring that a child in supported housing goes to live with a suitable family, to working with the probationary service in recommending the best course of action to take over a young offender.
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