For as long as I can remember I’ve loved being a support system for people and being there in any way I can to help. My passion lies with the geriatric population, as well as Hospice. They are so vulnerable, and often overlooked. I want to be there for people as they face the end of their lives. This has to be one of the scariest moments for a person, and I want to do anything I can to make this time easier for them and their families. I am applying to the social work program so I can do just that. I believe every human being has value and worth. I don’t believe mistakes we make define our character, and sometimes even the strongest people need help.
Volunteering made me find my career plan in sociology / Social Worker. With a college degree in one of these areas, I hope to impact my community in ways. First, with the knowledge from college, I hope to counsel with young people& adults. In today's society, there are so many negative things that influence adults & young people. I want to help them understand the importance of setting goals and striving to become great citizens. I also want to give them a sense of hope that with perseverance, they can become great role models for other adults &young people by
There are many different career fields you can go into as a social worker: from mental health, drug and alcohol abuse all the way to child welfare. Child welfare is my primary target when I become a social worker. I feel that I will have the biggest impact if I help the kids out that will be creating our future world. If I can help the kids of the next generation then maybe my influence will help more than just those few kids I see every day. Plus ever since I can remember people told me I need to be doing a job that helps children. I want to be able to make a difference in the community, and if I can help the kids, then I know I’ll be helping the community. Being a student at Wilmington College will help me fulfill these values and skills, but the thing that
Social work in School and Family setting interested me the most because I would want to make a difference in the lives of families with children. Social work is diverse since there are many groups of clients who have different needs, issues, and socioeconomic status. Since there are basics and principles that any social worker puts into the foundation for clinical social work. However, I have learned that clinical social work involves working with all types of circumstances, people, and self-interest. This social work program will help prepare my goals of becoming a licensed clinical social worker to improve lives of individuals, groups, and communities through social
1. What life experiences contributed to your decision to pursue graduate social work education at this time? Discuss your career goals.
In class, I was giving the assignment to reflect my thoughts about the social work profession and what I like to pursed in the future. I knew since I was young that I wanted a career where I could help people who were in need or do not have a voice to speak up. I wanted a career that helped change peoples’ lives and made me feel like I was making a differences in someone’s life. A career that I got to wake up every day that made me feel like I was changing the world. However, I did not know what major to consider. So, my senior year in high school, I had the opportunity to get into a program called Medical Topics. Through this program, I had the opportunity to shadow nurses, doctors, and other people in the hospital. I got to understand and
Lifting my heavy head with eyes half asleep off of my comfortable and plush pillow I see 7:20am with the date of August 25th on my phone screen. The second day of classes is now upon me, trying to adjust not only to a new semester at school but also to living away from home, with strangers now known as roommates, and as a transfer student. Starting school has never felt this way, living in a brand new environment with my mom not being there to make me breakfast and to encourage me saying “Have a great first day, I know you’ll do great!” I was now one among the thousands of people that have worked so hard towards attending this prestigious University and some that were thousands of miles away from their homes and families.
I had the opportunity to spend my service learning hours with an amazing young lady by the name of Paige. Paige is 25 years old and has a twin brother and a younger brother who she recently lost to suicide. She came into this world prematurely, 3 months before her due date and weighed 1 pound 12 ounces. From birth Paige had complications she almost lost her life and required open heart surgery at 3 days old. Throughout her life she has needed 19 surgeries on her legs, back and arms. Paige has Cerebral Palsy.
Despite my interest in helping people, choosing social work major is a path that was design for me before realizing it. My revelation about social work first starts with my personal experience. Growing up as a child, losing a father, a mother that I thought she died, siblings that I was used to see everyday and disappear, moving and living in five different countries to find peace and security through United Nations, being abused and neglected, losing my dignity as a woman in the society, missing school for 10 years had impacted my life and helped me see the world in my own unique perspectives. These experiences show how my journey was filled with so much pain. In my darkest times, there was a little bit of light in my way that showed helped
To provide effective social services, a social work graduate must possess a multitude of knowledge, skills and abilities. This will be a reflective paper on everything that I know for sure as a student of social work who is about to go into the world of work.
While volunteering there, I was placed in a local long-term care home for the elderly. This experience was highly beneficial. Working along side, nurses, care aids and other health care professionals was my first view inside the “system”. Volunteering at the Care Home, did not necessarily make up my mind on the field of social work but solidified my desire to work in the field of human services. I learnt from this experience at the hospital how profound my compassion for others truly was. It was not until my first year of college, that I started to volunteer with an organization that I am still with today and absolutely adore volunteering with. That organization is the Vernon Women’s Transition House in Vernon BC. I started off by filling in for employees who met in weekly meetings. While on the floor, I met many women who were in a place of ‘in-between’ and safety. This experience was eye opening. After a brief stay out-of-town, I returned to Vernon and again volunteered with the transition house – this time in another program: Support to Young Parents. This is an incredible housing program where young mothers who have fled abuse (potentially without the resources or parenting skills they truly need) can live long term. This apartment consists of 6 units, with the 7th unit converted into a resource and common space. The program
The origins of social work in the United States mirror an ongoing growth of ideas put together from many different cultures. While modern social work here in the states were built on Christian idea many of its concepts are in part due to the influence of the Koran and the mutual aid practices of Native Americans, the African-American community, and immigrants from all over the world.
The social work profession is defined as “a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people (ISFW, ‘Global Definition of Social Work’, 2016).” The definition may be true about the profession but it is more in depth than just that. To me, the profession’s primary focus is to help others through life as much as we can while letting them make their own choices and guiding them. In society, social workers are utilized in many different nonprofit and government roles. They serve the community in many different ways from monitoring parent visits to helping people through mental illnesses. Human beings are so complex and things that happen
This approach has much future promise particularly in the context of economic challenges and resource constraints. Since the African continent has problems with lack of resources it is wise that countries adopt this approach and move away from the remedial one which is costly. The developmental approach is highly friendly with social work’s historical values and commitment to achieving social justice and human rights (Midgley & Conley, 2010). However, there are limitations facing the developmental approach in social work.