You may want to have a career in doing social work but you do not know where to start. The first thing that you have to realize is that you need to have a degree in social work if you would like to do it for a long time. You may do volunteer work without a degree but if you want to make it your bread and butter, having a degree in social work will always be an advantage.
Being a social worker may not teach you some things that you think you need like figuring out the right organic termite treatment that you are going to use. Perhaps it will not teach you how you can get rid of the pests that you have at home and how you can keep them away but you do know that you are making a difference with your life and other people’s lives. You may not know what can keep ants away from your humble kitchen but you can always do work at the local kitchen in order to feed those who are hungry.
You cannot expect that social work is going to be easy. You are going to deal with a lot of individuals with their own set of problems. You also cannot expect that the method you have used to improve the life of one person is going to work again for another. In order to be good in doing social work, you have to do the following:
- You need to have a genuine concern for people. You should not be doing social work because you think that it will make you look better in the eyes of people that you look up to. You should not be doing social work too because you have other agendas in mind. When you do social work, it should come from the heart. You should have the natural instinct, the need to make people feel better.
- Understand that people’s situations are all different. You may think that all parents who abuse and neglect their children are bad but you do not know what they have gone through before they did what they did. There are things that are always bound to go wrong and these caused parents to not be mindful of their children’s welfare anymore.
- You have the power to change people’s lives. At some point in time, it will be all up to you. Will you be able to handle the pressure? Would you succumb to it or emerge victorious from it? The decision is yours.
- Remember to listen. A lot of people who are in need of help do not need others to tell them what to do. Rather, what you should do is learn how to listen to them so that they can tell you what they think have gone wrong or what they would like to do to change their current status in life.
Being a social worker is not for everyone but if you think that it is for you, and then strive hard to be the best person for the job.