Oct 24, 2014

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Career Spotlight: A Career in Social Work

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Today’s Career Spotlight is on the profession of social work.  A career in social work provides professionals with a diverse range of career opportunities.  In only two years, individuals can complete a Masters degree in Social Work — one of the best career investments in terms of time, finances and job opportunities.  

Contrary to public perception, social work professionals are not limited to working in community or institutional settings, or in the non-profit, public sector.  Did you know that licensed clinical social workers can have their own private practice as a therapist and provide services to individuals, families and couples.  They also work as administrators, educators and even researchers!

Watch this video from the The National Social Work Public Education Campaign, created to educate people about the breadth and depth of the profession.

To learn more about what social workers do, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. Thank you so much for this post Angélica. As you know, my husband is going back to school this year to begin a degree in social work and I had no idea how much you could actually do with a social work degree. I’ve had all these questions rolling through my head, wondering, will two years be enough? Will he be respected as a social worker? Will he be able to work in a position where he can use all of his skills?

    My husband is a problem solver, he’s compassionate and he loves helping people…he’s very passionate about making a difference and I’m glad to see that you can make a difference in this position.

    In my experience, the only social workers I’ve met are the ones at the DHS/DSS office when I was a kid…and most weren’t very helpful. They didn’t acknowledge the person…just the situation, you know? So I think my husband would bring something valuable to the career. He deeply cares about people and about helping them.

    Thanks again for sharing this information with us. It’s just the encouragement we needed. :)

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