Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Social Worker in South Africa:
"That salary was not so few."
First find out whether you really have a passion for working with people and doing inspections in all types of houses.
Social Worker in Seattle:
Get a masters degree and realize you are not going to get rich. Helping people has to be its own reward.
Social Worker in Cleveland:
To be aware that employers hire on a no fault basis, meaning that they can fire you without providing a reason.
Social Worker in Albertville:
"Limited Avenues For Change."
When considering a job in social work, consider there are limited fields to practice your trade. Most social works will work for DHR/state. If a desired field of practice is medical, then I strongly recommend going ahead and getting your MSW, and licensure. LMSW/LGSW. If one desires to "climb the ladder", then your options are limited re: social work, or at least that is my experience. Pay rate is low, and stress can be very high. When choosing the field, understand that people with less "college education/degree" will more than likely make more money than you, and will climb the ladder of success faster than you. I love what I do, but I can' t lie when I say it "burns me up" knowing I have a four year degree and am getting paid a little more than min. Wage, and someone with a 2 year degree makes twice, and sometimes triple than I. My rewards out weight the bad, and thankfully my husband provides the majority of our income. If he did not, I would have to have a second job, no doubt.
Social Worker in Cleveland:
If Social Work is a desired career path, my advice is to obtain an undergraduate degree in Social Work, but choose Business, Education or another discipline for your Masters work, as you will have many more opportunities available to you.
Social Worker in San Bernardino:
"You Can't Fix Everybody Or You'll Hit Burn Out."
Learn to pace yourself and remind yourself that the patient is here to do the work for themselves. You are the facilitator. You will hear the first client's heart felt story of true hardship and want to do everything for them, but by the end of the 1st month, you will have been told the same story by 100 people variation of the same story. As harsh as it sound one must learn to remain objective about the whole position. You can't help everyone.
Social Worker in Berkley:
"Live Near Your Work."
Take offers for starting positions to get experience, but then search for the position you want and change to that as soon as you can within 5-8 years of first position. Once you reach the upper portion of the pay scale it is not financially worth it to change districts as most won't match your current pay level.