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How to become a Social Worker

Social Worker
£30,000/y
avg. starting salary

You hate Monday because you hate your job. You should be a Social Worker...Social Workers support individuals within their community, helping with their happiness and well-being. This could be working with young children, people with disabilities, those struggling with substance abuse, homeless people, and a range of other individuals.Typical duties include:
  • Evaluating a client's situation and circumstances
  • Providing support and safety for individuals who need help
  • Offering a a range of counselling
  • Providing supervision
  • Writing up reports and making recommendations with the client's best interests at heart

Even with the best intentions, Social Work isn't for everyone. A passion for helping others is essential, but far more skills are needed in order to be successful in this position.It will often involve making difficult decisions, which client's may not always agree with. Keeping cool under pressure and the ability to see 'the big picture' are absolute necessities.Other key skills include:
  • Patience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (especially listening skills)
  • Empathy, and an unbiased approach
  • Honest and tact
  • The ability to build trust, and relate to people of all ages and backgrounds

"This role is not for the faint-hearted, but knowing that at the end of the day I have made a difference in someone’s life is definitely a rewarding feeling. Providing support and working in a variety of settings varies my day to day roles as I move from schools to hospitals and even part of voluntary organisations, but that all adds to the variety. There's definitely never a dull day as a Social Worker."

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