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What do people who study social work courses have in common?

There are several reasons why people choose to complete social work courses and this varies from person to person. However, it’s not a huge surprise that people who do study the same course often share some overarching commonalities.

A career in social work is vastly different to that of traditional white or blue-collar jobs. Most people are looking to step away from corporate careers, while others are searching for a challenging and lively career. One thing is for sure; workers are making a positive change every day in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Moreover, if you are interested in a social work course, we need to ensure it’s the right choice for you. Our Course and Careers advisers ask questions that will ensure it is aligned with your anticipated outcome. It’s an important step that determines whether the course will give you the right tools for your desired career. Sometimes, our advisers find that people reach out to us about one course, but their skillset and passion lies elsewhere.

If this is the case, our consultants give advice about the best course of action going forward. They say that there are no hard and fast rules in knowing the compatibility between an individual and their chosen career. Instead, we try to identify what it is that initially brought them to our doorstep.

Most people who are interested in completing accredited social work courses express a desire to secure paid employment for their efforts but there are other underlying factors that affect the decision to study. So with that being said, here are some of the similarities we’ve noticed with people who study social work courses.

They have previously spent time helping people as volunteers

A lot of our current students have assisted others and enjoyed doing so but were not paid for it. Generally, this is the result of spending a considerable amount of time volunteering without any compensation or monetary incentive. It is during these experiences that individuals realised the positive impact their work has on their personal life. Other students comment on the defining moment that prompted them to pursue a career in social work and seek employment from the work they were doing. For others, it was a series of similar events that led them to understand their passion and follow their calling.

They have watched family or friends receive assistance from social workers

Many of our prospective students have seen their own relatives or friends benefit from assistance provided by social workers. They’ve witnessed the powerful impact social work has had on the lives of others and the positive outcomes it achieves. As a result of these experiences, it triggers a desire within individuals to pursue similar career paths and deliver the same positive outcomes to their own community.

They have firsthand experience with those affected by mental health or social issues

One of the most common accounts we hear from students in our social work courses is that they have friends or family members who have been affected by physiological, social or physical issues that have affected their quality of life. This kind of first-hand exposure has heightened our students’ awareness of the growing need for strong support networks within our society.

We help hundreds of people a day find their passion and follow their calling. This requires a commitment to identifying what it is that drives individuals to take the first step towards studying. While everyone is different and motivations, aspirations and career outcomes are never the same for each and every student, it pays to recognise the common factors that bind people together. Why? It helps us get to the core of what students want to ultimately achieve during but more importantly, after their studies.

If you’ve been on the fence about studying a social work course or are unsure whether this is the career for you, then get in touch with us today. Our Course and Career Advisors can help assess your situation and advise you on the best path going forward.

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