Social worker jobs and careers in the social work sector

If you are nearly at the end of your school career and have an interest in finding work that involves helping people in your local community, then social work jobs could well be for you.  If you are wondering how to get a career in social services jobs, the following article should help you get started.  In general terms, social worker jobs involve helping and advising people who are facing issues in their lives.

Clearly there are any number of difficulties people might go through, and as a result, social work jobs can provide many different challenges.  The people you work with might need your help for all sorts of reasons, from long term illness to families under pressure.  Your job would involve helping people to take steps to become more independent and improve their lives, making the best possible use of the welfare system. You might be called upon to help children and parents, older people, those with physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems, homeless people, or people with drug or alcohol issues.  A social worker would not generally work with all these types of people at once, though.  You would tend to specialise in one area.

Within this area, typical tasks might be to assess and review a service user’s situation, offer them information, counselling and advocacy, and taking part in team meetings, supervision and case conferences.  It is often necessary to liaise with other agencies such as healthcare and housing authorities, and sometimes giving evidence in court.

Social services jobs can be demanding, and as such require a specific type of person.  Good social workers generally possess very good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust, a practical and flexible approach to work, and empathy in dealing with people.  To become a social worker you will need an honours degree or postgraduate degree in social work.  To get onto one of these courses you will probably require five GCSEs and at least two A levels.

If you think you have the personality and skills required for social worker jobs, then the next logical step is to start researching undergraduate courses and checking the admissions requirements.  However, if you are unsure about applying for a course, you could try chatting to people in social work jobs for an insight.  As with most things, the best way to decide whether social services jobs might be right for you is to chat to somebody who does this kind of work.

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