Still confused? These are Main Reasons why you should major Social Work

Ask a social worker for the reason they chose the social work profession and the standard answer is “I want to help people.” I think this is the expected answer. This is what the person asking wants to hear because it validates their impression of social workers and social work. Social workers are soft, bleeding hearts, want to save the world types. Their impression is read on their faces and in their tone as they respond, “Oh, well, that must be very rewarding.” Then the subject changes.

None of us would dare say we went into social work to make money. That statement would probably send listeners into a fit of hysterical, belly laughter. As a matter of fact, we would probably start laughing before finishing the sentence. No one, however, would laugh if a doctor or lawyer made that statement.

I think that many of us chose social work because of the good feeling that we get when we help someone. There are other reasons, as well, based on our skills, abilities and interests. Some chose the profession because of strong problem solving abilities. Others chose the profession because of exceptional analytical skills. Still others chose social work because of their proficiencies in verbal and written communication.

Do our skills have a positive influence on others? Yes! Does our collective ability create a powerful force in the community around us? Absolutely

Social Work is a rewarding and important subject area, and individuals who are sufficiently trained are essential to help the well-being of the community and beyond. If you’re wondering whether Social Work is the degree for you, here are reasons why it is:

You will learn how to make a positive impact

Social Work is all about understanding and striving to improve the lives of people in society. Social workers listen to peoples’ needs, from young children to people struggling with addictions, and help them to cope and improve their happiness. You could be making a different person’s life easier every day.

2. There are many job options

A degree in Social Work provides students with the ability to undertake a variety of different professional roles. These roles include working as a probation officer, a charity officer and a family support worker.

3. Every day is likely to be different
If you’re not interested in a career sat behind a computer all day, then Social Work can offer a more exciting option. Different situations arise everyday, and social workers can find themselves in many different settings from hospitals to homes to police departments.

4. Graduate starting salaries are good
If you want to be a social worker, then a degree will put you in a better position for a strong starting salary than without.

5. You can gain transferrable skills
After studying Social Work you may decide that a profession directly related to the subject area is not for you. Skills that are developed through Social Work courses will be valued by many employers in different sectors, however. These skills include communicating, problem solving, empathy, team work and time management.

6. The world needs social workers
There will always be people in need, so there will always be a demand for those who are educated in the subject area, meaning jobs shouldn’t be too difficult to find

7. You want to help others.

Social work gives you a professional platform with which to engage your inner helper. An MSW degree will allow you to help people from all walks of life with all kinds of problem.

8. You have deep insights about people and about what makes them tick.

You’re interested in feelings and behavior. You’re perceptive about what motivates people. You often empower others to be their best selves, and you find that work rewarding.

9. You had a rough childhood, or went through a challenging period of time yourself.

Many social workers enter the profession after personally experiencing some adversity. Some survived difficult circumstances and now want to help people in similar positions. Others want to continue their journeys of overcoming as part of their day-to-day jobs. As long as your career doesn’t become a never-ending odyssey of self-help, you’ll find yourself in the company of other professionals whose personal paths are similarly intertwined with social work.

10. You need to live a purpose-driven life.

Sure, some of your friends are off to glamorous careers or riches. But those things won’t satisfy you. You need a sense of meaning and a job that makes an impact in order to to feel fulfilled. Even if that job is less financially rewarding than some others.

11. The principles and values of social work line up with your own.

You may have been raised to believe in the good of others, or in doing good work yourself. Perhaps you want to live an ethics-driven life of integrity. As licensed professionals, social workers are not just do-gooders; they adhere to a high level of standards and ethics.

12. Your excited by all the career posibilities.

According to Survey of social work is projected to grow by 16 percent over the next decade. That figure leaves a lot of other professions in the dust, and positions you for numerous employment opportunities. You could start off in the medical social work field, for example, and switch to doing counseling, and then go into administration or return to case management. As a social worker, you have the option to reinvent yourself while staying true to your profession — whether you’re helping someone with housing, victim rights, or hospice care.

13. You are committed to social justice.

Becoming a mover and shaker is in your blood. You possess a sensitivity to those who are marginalized and victimized. You won’t stop until the inequities in the world are righted.

14. Social Work has broad applications for other fields. Licensed social workers are positioned to work in many fields and organizations, not just in healthcare. Some non-traditional areas of social work include tech, human resources, fundraising, philanthropic giving, diversity leadership, and college consulting. This degree gives BIG career options.

15. You need to be engaged and feel alive in the work you do.

A mundane desk job just won’t cut it for someone with your energy.

16. You’re not just compassionate, you’re resilient and resourceful.

Doing whatever is necessary to get the job done is your signature style. In the face of adversity, you are steely and strong. And you know how to stand up to injustice

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Still confused? These are Main Reasons why you should major Social Work

Ask a social worker for the reason they chose the social work profession and the standard answer is “I want to help people.” I think this is the expected answer. This is what the person asking wants to hear because it validates their impression of social workers and social work. Social workers are soft, bleeding hearts, want to save the world types. Their impression is read on their faces and in their tone as they respond, “Oh, well, that must be very rewarding.” Then the subject changes.

None of us would dare say we went into social work to make money. That statement would probably send listeners into a fit of hysterical, belly laughter. As a matter of fact, we would probably start laughing before finishing the sentence. No one, however, would laugh if a doctor or lawyer made that statement.

I think that many of us chose social work because of the good feeling that we get when we help someone. There are other reasons, as well, based on our skills, abilities and interests. Some chose the profession because of strong problem solving abilities. Others chose the profession because of exceptional analytical skills. Still others chose social work because of their proficiencies in verbal and written communication.

Do our skills have a positive influence on others? Yes! Does our collective ability create a powerful force in the community around us? Absolutely

Social Work is a rewarding and important subject area, and individuals who are sufficiently trained are essential to help the well-being of the community and beyond. If you’re wondering whether Social Work is the degree for you, here are reasons why it is:

You will learn how to make a positive impact

Social Work is all about understanding and striving to improve the lives of people in society. Social workers listen to peoples’ needs, from young children to people struggling with addictions, and help them to cope and improve their happiness. You could be making a different person’s life easier every day.

2. There are many job options

A degree in Social Work provides students with the ability to undertake a variety of different professional roles. These roles include working as a probation officer, a charity officer and a family support worker.

3. Every day is likely to be different
If you’re not interested in a career sat behind a computer all day, then Social Work can offer a more exciting option. Different situations arise everyday, and social workers can find themselves in many different settings from hospitals to homes to police departments.

4. Graduate starting salaries are good
If you want to be a social worker, then a degree will put you in a better position for a strong starting salary than without.

5. You can gain transferrable skills
After studying Social Work you may decide that a profession directly related to the subject area is not for you. Skills that are developed through Social Work courses will be valued by many employers in different sectors, however. These skills include communicating, problem solving, empathy, team work and time management.

6. The world needs social workers
There will always be people in need, so there will always be a demand for those who are educated in the subject area, meaning jobs shouldn’t be too difficult to find

7. You want to help others.

Social work gives you a professional platform with which to engage your inner helper. An MSW degree will allow you to help people from all walks of life with all kinds of problem.

8. You have deep insights about people and about what makes them tick.

You’re interested in feelings and behavior. You’re perceptive about what motivates people. You often empower others to be their best selves, and you find that work rewarding.

9. You had a rough childhood, or went through a challenging period of time yourself.

Many social workers enter the profession after personally experiencing some adversity. Some survived difficult circumstances and now want to help people in similar positions. Others want to continue their journeys of overcoming as part of their day-to-day jobs. As long as your career doesn’t become a never-ending odyssey of self-help, you’ll find yourself in the company of other professionals whose personal paths are similarly intertwined with social work.

10. You need to live a purpose-driven life.

Sure, some of your friends are off to glamorous careers or riches. But those things won’t satisfy you. You need a sense of meaning and a job that makes an impact in order to to feel fulfilled. Even if that job is less financially rewarding than some others.

11. The principles and values of social work line up with your own.

You may have been raised to believe in the good of others, or in doing good work yourself. Perhaps you want to live an ethics-driven life of integrity. As licensed professionals, social workers are not just do-gooders; they adhere to a high level of standards and ethics.

12. Your excited by all the career posibilities.

According to Survey of social work is projected to grow by 16 percent over the next decade. That figure leaves a lot of other professions in the dust, and positions you for numerous employment opportunities. You could start off in the medical social work field, for example, and switch to doing counseling, and then go into administration or return to case management. As a social worker, you have the option to reinvent yourself while staying true to your profession — whether you’re helping someone with housing, victim rights, or hospice care.

13. You are committed to social justice.

Becoming a mover and shaker is in your blood. You possess a sensitivity to those who are marginalized and victimized. You won’t stop until the inequities in the world are righted.

14. Social Work has broad applications for other fields. Licensed social workers are positioned to work in many fields and organizations, not just in healthcare. Some non-traditional areas of social work include tech, human resources, fundraising, philanthropic giving, diversity leadership, and college consulting. This degree gives BIG career options.

15. You need to be engaged and feel alive in the work you do.

A mundane desk job just won’t cut it for someone with your energy.

16. You’re not just compassionate, you’re resilient and resourceful.

Doing whatever is necessary to get the job done is your signature style. In the face of adversity, you are steely and strong. And you know how to stand up to injustice

Semester Starts today Royals, here are key 7 things Every University Freshman actually needs to know

My baby (18-year-old) sisters brothers, daughters or Sons are leaving to embark upon the best four years, Three years or Two years of their lives and I’m left here upset (jealous). But it got me thinking – what is the best big-sister advice I could give them that was not the typical “study hard, stay out of trouble” advice?

So here are 7 other important things I wish I had known from the start.

1. Think you studied enough? Study more.

I cannot stress this enough for incoming freshman. Far gone are the days of “reviewing” your notes and getting an A. Welcome to the world of studying for two weeks and praying for a B. It’s so critical to spend enough time studying for exams in University because, trust me, they are harder than you think they will be. And you’re actually paying for your classes now, which means a failed class is wasted money. Or increased loans. But what might be even worse than just a bad grade is the fact that your GPA will have a tough time springing back. Don’t dig yourself a hole – utilize every resource you have from Quizlet to Study Blue to your campus-tutoring center. And if you think you’ve studied enough, study more.

2. Be an adult.

I will never forget my first class of University. I was so excited sitting there, waiting for class to start, when high school behaviours practically hit me in the face all over again. Actually you gotta find it difficult to find your true coursemates and class. I happens if you didnt attend orientation. You always see students moving up and down looking where his/her coursemates are. I remember in trying to look my class i found my fellow Coursemate Marion, she was asking me the same issue being extrovert, she bullied me in the way that made all around laugh at me…. Jockingly asking me my names, Course and many things. Though it was a bullet to me, she later became one of the friends i will never forget. All in all we act that way becsuse we were immature and highschool behaviours hit our heads

Moral of the story: grow up. If it’s “not cool” to actually do the readings and work in college, then why is the library consistently packed? I used to go to the library with my friends to sit in the “Sociology life section” to maintain my social image. Oh, and also to study. High school is over, people. But if your maturity level is stuck there, you might have a harder time in university than you thought.

3. Be independent.

There’s nothing more irritating in University than the person who can’t do anything by themselves. Independence is something you have to get used to in college. This means eating a meal or two by yourself, occasionally going to the library by yourself, or walking to class by yourself. All of these things are perfectly normal and practically unavoidable in University. University forces you into being independent whether you’re ready or not. But when in doubt, at least your mom is always a phone call away on that lonely walk back from class.

4. Try new things.
Most people go into college with an idea of all the things they’re going to try once they’re there. Some people envision Social life, others sports and others Music Club. But don’t limit yourself. As cliché as it may sound, there are endless different things to try at school. Give them all a fair chance. You’d probably never know the Club Ambience exists until you venture out and try things. Try out for a sport, rush a sorority or fraternity, join a School club, etc. If you actually explore what schools offer, you’ll likely end up doing, and loving, something you never thought you would.

5. Experience the nightlife, WITH friends.

For a lot of people, experiencing the University nightlife and party scene is at the top of the list. And you should go out and experience it. Everything from tailgates to bar specials to socials will happen every weekend in Masaka and Kampala. But remember that University is a balance, which means balancing your education with your social life. And on weekends, balancing your drink, wallet, and cell phone. But seriously, University is the only time in your life where you can go out four nights in a row and only be mildly hungover. So experience all there is to offer on the college party scene, but use your brain.

Thinking that heading to the bar solo sounds like a good idea? Think again. Be smart and go out with your friends. And most importantly, be a good friend.

6. Don’t major in something you hate.

I went into University completely set on being either a Teacher Education major or Information Technologist and pursuing the path of athletic training. Within my first semester at University I quickly realized how wrong I was, after being advised by my Father. I am now a Social Scientist, Psychologist professional. Do not stick with a major that isn’t working for you. You have plenty of time to explore and change you major and you should take full advantage of that. You’ll never know what truly interests you until you give it a chance. If you have the slightest interest in something, take a class on it. It could spark a passion and be your future career. Or it could be a bust and serve as nothing more than credits. But you’ll never know until you try.

7. Cherish every single second.

People are not lying when they say these are the best four or Three years of your life. So go out on weeknights, celebrate every little event, make meaningful friends and enjoy every second. The years of college will fly by – enjoy it from the very start.