Living under government oppression since I was a child, the seed of advocating for the vulnerable and those who have been unfairly treated has been deeply planted in my heart. My education and work experiences have further strengthened my faith that pursuing Ph.D. degree in Social Work is the most effective way to achieve my career goals. My life story and education and work histories outlined below will provide evidence of my qualifications and strong motivation.
As I have entered my professional career, social work continues to play a tremendous role for not only myself, but the
Combining a passion with a career, such as social work, is a beautiful thing. Social work is a challenging, yet rewarding field of work that many empathetic individuals have taken the role of to make a difference in the lives of people of all ages. The roles of a social worker are to shield vulnerable people, develop relationships, assess client’s needs, and identify people and communities in need of help (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor). Social work is a physically, mentally, and emotionally draining field of work, involves low income, and unappreciative clients, but social workers do not choose this occupation for the income but for the outcome (Paradis 3-4). Helping people discover and determine goals within themselves
The main reason I chose the social work profession, manifested early within my stages of childhood. The importance of giving to and caring for those in need, were deeply embedded in my very soul. Being reared by my grandmother, a nurse and by my teenage mother, a psychology student, I was exposed constantly to acts of kindness and generosity. As a result to my empathetic personality, I was welcomed into many social and ethnic groups, not commonly open to a young gay black male. In these younger years with the assistance of my parents, my love for others allowed me to help other teenagers in crisis, often providing shelter, advice, monetary assistance and a listening
I have always known that I wanted my life work to be helping others. Although I did not know what I wanted to do specifically, my goal was to find a career that can better lives of those less fortunate than I am, while also making a good living financially. Through schoolwork and volunteer experience I ultimately chose a path in social work, with an end goal of working with families who have been effected by addiction. I would like to work hands on with those who have the addiction, but would also love to help their family members cope with decisions made by their loved one.
Those who choose social work as their profession do so for a variety of reasons. In general, they appear to be motivated by a combination of humanitarian and egalitarian values, and by a desire to understand how society works and how to make it better for everyone. Frequently, a person is motivated to become a social worker following exposure to injustice and oppression.(p.16.)
If you have a passion dedicated to helping clients solve their issues, this would be the perfect career for you. According to IFSW (2014), the social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well being. Principles of human right and social justice are extremely fundamentals to social work, especially when advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. This profession is open to all types of people who are interested in obtaining a degree in social work. The first level of degree is bachelors, then masters, and doctoral. Some states are required to have a license to practice social work.
Just like any other freshman in high school, what I want to do when I graduate has a weird way of changing every week. As crazy as that might sound, it is very true. One week I wanted to be a dentist and the next week I wanted to be a counselor. Although I always knew that I wanted to help people out in some way, I never knew exactly what career I wanted to pursue. After weeks of exploring my options, I started to think back to my childhood. When I was a child, I had a friend that had to move into a foster home. Because her mother was under the influence of drugs, she could not take care of her child. My friend would always tell me about her social worker and how she “brightened her day” every time that she met with her. Seeing how hurt my friend was at such a young age made me want to make sure that no child has to go through anything like that alone.
A straightforward, transparent profession holds no fulfilling qualities for me. A gratifying career is only earned through many days of full dedication, perseverance and hard work. Providing an important service back to the surrounding community is not only a righteous cause, but a career I want to devote myself to. Social work presents the opportunity to make this difference in the most intimate format, face-to-face. Originally, I dreamed of pursuing a career involving wildlife much like my father, however after attending a career day function in sixth grade I knew I wanted to pursue the profession of social work. Seeing that deep of a passion in someone in their field of work was both astounding and breathtaking. The presenter that day glowed with such eagerness to share the love of her job that she had with us. It motivated me to look into social work as a serious option for my future. With vigorous research and finally job shadowing I knew this was the career I truly desired. Furthermore, social work has aided me in countless occasions such as my struggles regarding pursuing education as a female.
I have chosen Social Work as a major and a career because I want to assist other people to live a full and happy life. I want to be advocating on behalf of other people in the community by empowering them to make decisions on their own. I want to be a social worker because is a natural fit for what I do intuitively. Finally, the field of social work is broad and there is a lot of different kinds of job that I can work in this field. I want to work with the elderly population because when people are living longer they need more services. There is upward trend in the adult population as they are booming and they need more resources and services from social
When I think of Social Work I think of the wellbeing of others and how they deserve to have all of the resources needed to have productive opportunity. When I first began college I started as a Pre-Nursing major whose intent was to work in a Juvenile or an asylum setting. As my freshman year came to an end, I noticed that I only wanted to work in those settings so that I could help advocate for those who were not able to have a voice of their own. I later noticed that nursing was not the field of study that would allow me to express my true intensions for helping people. Now that I am entering my junior year of college and being that I have taken Introduction to Social Work I feel that I have truly found my calling. Being someone who is passionate and concerned about everyone’s situations I find that I am a great asset to the Social Work
Throughout my program of study, I have followed the principles and standards that must be applied by individuals of good character who discern moral questions and, in good faith, seek to make reliable ethical judgments. Social Work is something I have always been interested in, especially working in case management, within the mental health and substance abuse fields. Helping people of all ages overcome obstacles and difficulties and making the most of themselves is a very rewarding yet challenging career. You have the opportunity to meet a variety of different people, from all different backgrounds, with different problems from substance misuse to cases of neglect and/or abuse.
In conclusion, I think that many of my life experiences have led me to the path of social work. I attack each challenge who has the potential to drag me down with enthusiastic and determination. I want to continue to learning about social work and developing my skills. The salary which is low compared to many other careers in public health doesn’t drive me. It’s the feeling of satisfaction and the accomplish of helping others to improve their quality of life that drives me to become a social worker. If I did not become a social worker, I don’t know what other profession I would have chosen. I cannot imagine what other profession could have suited my personality better.
Giving a listening ear and helping others find their way seems to have always come natural, but it wasn’t until my mother embarked on her second career in social work that really sparked my interest. I have always had a yearning to help individuals who have been victims to the grips of nothingness. My aspiration as a social worker is to help break that bonds that have held so many captive for so long. I grew up in a very small city where poverty is an all-time high, no jobs, healthcare is poor, and resources are scarce. I have had the opportunity to visit many homes and facilities along with my mother while she visited clients. Having the opportunity to see the living situations and crisis clients were faced with, and in many cases were not able to find resources in the immediate area to help, was really what began to shape my desire and take a greater interest toward social