Why are you thinking of becoming a social worker? Is it because of an experience you had or a story you heard? Is it because you are dedicated to creating positive change in your community?
People choose their careers for a variety of reasons. Often it is based on a skill set that they already possess or an experience that they’ve had. At times it’s because they were inspired by a family member or book character in the same profession. Whatever your reasons, it is important to acknowledge the ways in which ‘The Why’ informs your work or studies.
Having a passion for helping a certain population or community is important and makes your work less “work”. However, as a social worker, you will have to learn to work collaboratively to affect the greatest change so, keep an open mind to the perspective of others.
Maybe you want to become a social worker because you were inspired by someone else, that’s great! But remember that everyone’s experiences are different. Take time to explore various aspects and fields of social work and see if something clicks for you. If not, that’s Ok too; there are lots of ways to make the world a better place!
And, if you’re thinking of becoming a social worker because you’re good with people, you may need to dig a little deeper. Social work is a constant barrage of problems that need to be solved. So you’re good with people but, are you also good with pressure? Can you deal with intense emotions without taking them on yourself? These are things to consider. Also, social work is so much more than working with people. No matter what area you choose to practice, much of your day will be filled with notes and reports.
Again, there are many reasons why someone would choose or be attracted to this profession so take time to consider your ‘Why’ and find what’s right for YOU!