• Elsie Wanjiru

4 Reasons to Pursue Social Work

Theres no doubt that Social Work is a rewarding sector to work amongst. Therefore, I think it’s worth delving deeper and exploring the reasons why it’s worth pursuing a career in Social Work.


Social worker having a consultation with a family

Of course, every job comes with its challenges but let's not be blinded by the negatives and take a closer look at what makes Social Work so edifying.


1. You develop rich communication skills


By just working alongside a plethora of different people you are practicing great communication skills. Furthermore, these skills are not just restricted to your professional life but also to your everyday lives. Simple tasks like conversing with your children or a supermarket assistant will become a lot more meaningful. Don’t be surprised if you find a change in your listening skills too as they will also improve.


2. You can help make a positive impact in society


Social Work can make a huge difference in society. By helping those with addictions or young adults in need of guidance you are aiding the most vulnerable in society and helping improve their lives for the best. Additionally, you begin to value life more and understand how quickly circumstances in life can change.


3. Opens a variety of job opportunities

If you do choose to study social work you are not automatically trapped into a social work job in the future. There are many sectors you can work in with a social work degree including the heath sector and also within fostering. Furthermore, you would have gained a wealth of transferable skills such as time management, team work, and great communication which you can use in other professional settings.


4. We need more social workers!


Adult social care is facing stark recruitment and retainment problems with an estimated 122,000 FTE (full time equivalent) vacancies. This indicates just how severe the shortage of workers is. Furthermore, the demand for social care workers is meant to rise due to the ageing population. Hence, now is a better time than ever to pursue social work.

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