There are many reasons why I would love to become a social worker. However, it is sort of difficult to pinch point how or why I became attracted to this specific profession. Nevertheless, most of the particles in my body argue that it would have to stem back to experiences I have encountered growing up. I would like to begin by saying that graduating high school I was unsure where I was going or where I would end up. My mother who always had high expectations for me persuaded me to at least attempt pursing a college education. I then decided to enroll Guttman Community College @ CUNY, where I was appointed a Student Success Advocate (S.S.A). My S.S.A saw something in me that I had yet to figure out. He pushed me to want more for myself both in my academic and personal life. Every time I was ready to give up he was there to remind me that I was capable of succeeding.
Growing up in a society where there are so many opportunities, I had no problem figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. I have always enjoyed helping others in any way that I was able too. From babysitting, raking leaves, serving as a volunteer for a number of organizations, no matter how big or small the need, I have always found it gratifying to help others. I ultimately recognized that I had to pursue a career in something that would allow me to help others, while positively giving back to the community. The heavy influence of wanting to help others comes from my very own personal life experiences, which have greatly impacted my career choices. These experiences include being an adopted child, volunteering within my community, serving as a resident assistant and
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 realized growing up in school and church that I am a natural helper, I always try my best to help those in need. One specific thing I did growing up and in college was to volunteer my time to local soup kitchen to feed the hungry. Naturally I am a helper and I always want the society to progress and see our communities improve for not just now but for future generation. If you will accept into your graduate social work program, this will a start to my goal which is to help the lives of those around me and in the general
Since the last fifteen years of my life, I have been interested in social work involving families with children. I have always had an interest in helping, supporting and working with children and adults. These practical experiences social work will continue to lead me to learned, applied, and prepared to become a social worker. I will continue to work with developmental disabilities and other diverse groups of the population.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that you cannot sincerely try to help another person without helping yourself. Social work didn’t become a common practice until the 1900’s; in the 1800’s it was frowned upon to help those at a lower social status than you. However, the concept of charity dates back to ancient times from the practice of providing for the poor has roots in all major world religion. This career field’s official start began in the 19th century with the emergence of philanthropy. (Chaiklin, H. (2013) Becoming a social worker is a rewarding profession, not only financially but mentally and emotionally providing those in need with the skills to change their lives.
Living in a world that has so many vulnerable people, it became very important to help others. In my own experience, I witnessed my aunt who was a licensed nurse loss everything and end up in a mental institute. I encountered myself wanting to help others and that 's where I found my happiness, which lead me in to the field of social work. Social work has lead me to promote social justice and to become socially conscious centered. My life became happier, healthier, wealthier, meaningful, and more productive. My interest in social work is to become an advocate for people in need. I reached a point in my personal life that I just felt like I had no direction. So, I decided to take a break. I mean a seven year break to really figure out what
Personally, I’ve never had any contact with a social worker gratefully, but they do not have a great reputation. Social workers are not known for coming into people lives when everything is going well. Professions that help people have always caught my interests. It wasn’t until college however, when I gained a full knowledge of what social workers did. I have a passion for helping kids and wanting to do more for them. Volunteering has been a big part of my life and is where, my passion grew to become a juvenile attorney. Throughout school that is what my mind was set on. The knowledge I gained at the youth shelter made my passion for helping kids grow even more but changed my direction. Hearing the kids talk about their lives helped my passion grow even
Social Work is a profession for the Brave hearted. A profession that requires authenticity, dedication, and perseverance while seeking to obtain short and long-term goals. Social Workers are change agents who advocate against biased, and unjust individuals, and systems. They seek to challenge social inequalities and are determined to obtain equity, and social justice for individuals, groups and communities that have been oppressed, marginalized, and are vulnerable. They are mandated to protect and come to the aid of those in need and in harm. I’ve always had a passion to help, and it brings me an abundance of gratification to have the opportunity to pursue a career that is solely dedicated to helping others.
My passion for people continued through high school, as I stayed involved with youth group. After high school, I continued my education at Azusa Pacific University. I entered into the University undeclared, but I had been strongly considering Social Work as my major due in part to my experiences. Once I made the decision to move forward and select Social Work as my major, everything clicked and I felt as though I was right where I was supposed to be.
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
I have a passion to help people and love to serve the community, this is the main reason I want to become a social worker. One of the things that inspired me the most about becoming a social worker is the compassion a social worker have for people and the willingness to help them. While growing up, I always knew I wanted to help people better themselves and felt like a medical position was the only helping professions until I got older and started exploring my options in college. Being a social worker to me means you have to be reliable, trustworthy, and an understanding person. I know I fit all three of these categories because when my family and friends could not depend on anyone else, they knew that they can depend on me. You have to be