Interview with a Social Worker
Title: Social Work Supervisor in a Public Agency
1. What does a typical day in your profession look like?
Mostly in the office, approached many times during the day by five social workers who want to discuss their clients and their case management of clients. I give advise and feedback and my own point of view and make suggestions. I record and find data I review their work. I answer phone calls from stressed clients, hoping to get some sort of assistance. I speak to people from the community about government services availability.
2. What do you enjoy most about about social work?
I enjoy the ability to assist people who are in need. I enjoy using my influence to get social workers to see things differently. I am able to form long term associations and friendships with coworkers. Good hours, decent environment, good benefits.
3. What do you find challenging about social work?
There is not a lot of creativity. It is a bit repetitive.
4. What personal characteristics do successful people in your career field possess?
They are organized, intelligent, able to empathize, and non-judgemental. Ability to lead a team, create schedules, and hold people accountable for delivering on time with quality is also important.
What advice would you give others who are interested in pursuing your profession?
To get a masters in social work after they are sure they like the field, and then to read and stay educated about the field.
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What does a Social Worker do
Job Description of a Social Worker
A social worker helps people solve problems and learn to cope with everyday life challenges in a variety of situations. They work with those dealing with disabilities, serious illnesses or addictions, as well as, helping vulnerable children and their families.
Their job is to identify those in need, assess their situation and develop ways to improve their lives and adjust to life's challenges. This may include, unemployment, illness, divorce and mental disorders. A social worker would refer a client to community resources, like, health care, child care or food stamps. He or she would work with government agencies to help a person receive entitled benefits, like, medicare.
They would set up programs to protect children, such as, child abuse cases. Their job would include continuing to evaluate provided services and make any necessary changes to the program to ensure the well-being of their clients. They would follow-up on each case to determine if improvement is being made and create accurate records on each client. A social worker should have compassionate qualities, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and, be a problem solver.
It is important for he or she to be an attentive listener and be able to be understood clearly.