In the classic The Wizard of Oz, a tornado tears through Kansas, and Dorothy and her dog, Toto, end up in the Land of Oz where she meets a witch who tells her to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. There she will find a Wizard who will help her get home.
Along the way, she makes friends with a scarecrow who wants a brain, a Tin Man seeking a heart, and a Cowardly Lion looking for courage. When they find the Wizard, they learn that he does not have magical powers to help them after all. And they see that they don’t need him because they already have brains, a heart, and bravery — all they lacked was belief in themselves.
That is the essence of social work. Social workers help people see there is hope and to realize their own potential. They help individuals gain self-confidence and overcome obstacles. They form communities and provide support, so individuals and families don’t feel isolated and come to realize they can help one another and feel empowered. They often focus on services and social action for change. Striving for civil justice and equity are tenets of the profession.
Here are the top reasons to choose social work today:
- Flexibility in job opportunities – There are many different directions one can go with a social work degree. Diversity abounds in the workforce, in employment settings and with client populations. One can work in child protection, schools, hospitals or at mental health facilities. Social workers can work one-on-one with individuals or groups; as managers overseeing and coordinating service programs; as educators and researchers; in government and non-profit organizations on policy analysis and promoting social change; and as administrators in leadership roles in social and community service organizations. There are great prospects for growth and advancement and to change career paths within the field – all meaningful work.
- Job security – The social work degree is versatile and provides skills needed to work in a multitude of service-related organizations.
- Social justice– You can promote social justice, serve people or communities; enter politics or create policy. You can be a change agent and improve the quality of life for others.
- Promotes self-growth – You learn to see the world in a clearer and more informed way, to think critically about society, community and personal needs and issues. You learn skills needed to be a better human being who lives for the sake of others. You build empathy, self-awareness of privileges and biases, and help change communities for the better.
- Personally rewarding – Social workers feel they are rewarded daily through helping others. They believe that being able to work in the profession is a gift, because it allows them to give of themselves to other human beings every day. Helping people and making the world a better place brings personal satisfaction.
Are you ready to get started on your social work career? Get started today