What is the best part about being a social worker?
Hi! My name is Anina and I'm a high school senior interning at CareerVillage. I have a fellow classmate who wants to become a social worker. I've heard that it's a "thankless" job. Why would they want to do it? What makes the job worth it? social-work
The best part of being a social worker is the variety within the field. I received my Masters in Social Work and I am an Academic Advisor. The social work field is a helping field so if you know you want to help people but are not quite sure in what capacity, social worker helps you to explore that. I would advise your classmate to find his/her niche within social work.
I am very sad to hear that someone got an impression that a social worker is a "thankless" job. I actually think it is a most impactful job because a social worker usually helps with people who are in greatest need. To tell a personal story, my older daughter has autism and epilepsy. She is a regional center client. Our social worker there has provided us the greatest help, from finding and funding some great summer camps to important transitions in her life. We cannot thank our social worker enough. I have also seen social workers helping other people with disabilities and senior people. They are angels on earth.
I earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work and have been working in the field for over 20 years and feel very appreciated for my work and impact. I have always worked with youth and families. I've worked for non-profit organizations, schools, affordable housing sites and in city and county government.
There are lots of things I love about my job - the direct interactions with youth and families. The ability to build and develop programs/services to meet the needs of those youth and families I serve. The great people I work with and am surrounded by, most folks are so hard working and dedicated. I also have youth and families come back, sometimes years later, and they are in such better places. Lot of youth have graduated high school and college and it's rewarding to know I may have some way had a positive impact in their journey.