One can only imagine a world without charity. My country, India, went through its worst nightmares in April when it was struck by the most horrific tale of the second wave of COVID-19. The landscape was marred by a lack of basic medical equipment, forcing people to come together and engage in an unprecedented level of charity and social work to establish an informal network of cooperation. The whole world has poured out its resources to help us, and it makes me believe that charity makes people stronger.
Social work is of paramount importance in human life. What sets humans apart from other species is our special sense of dependency and well-being in times of crisis. Many universities around the world recognize this undeniable fact, but also find it necessary to galvanize it into a body of actionable knowledge and skills. As a result, there are many social work study programs available. I say it’s a wonderful thing to educate yourself on the more nuanced aspects of social work, and I’ll say why.
Here are 5 reasons why you should take up social work in college!
Interesting fields of study
Anyone who takes a course in social work will be educated in a range of interesting areas. For example, at the undergraduate level, you will most likely be trained in community-level planning and informed about existing social protection policies. In addition to the theoretical courses, you will be asked to undertake field projects in the form of camps, awareness programs, etc. Overall, you will be trained, among other things, in social service delivery mechanisms, research methods, micro and macro human behavior, etc. Things will get more advanced as you move up through the ranks.
A multitude of work opportunities
It is perfectly normal to focus on self-interest when studying social work. I find it unacceptable that people assume that social workers should always necessarily put others first. Selflessness should not come at the expense of one’s well-being, and a social work graduate is also a human being with basic needs. For those interested, there is a range of work opportunities for you, such as a case consultant, counselor, researcher, and project manager. Many graduates are employed by large companies to provide psychiatric and general counseling services or to help them meet their obligations under corporate social responsibility (CSR).
A magnificent set of skills
You should have already understood from the aforementioned points that you will acquire and develop a range of diverse skills. The fact that social work involves training in different fields, from sociology to statistics, will make you a complete person who can use your skills almost anywhere in the world. For example, communication skills are imperative for a social work graduate because of the inevitable interactions with people in the field. These communication skills can help you get jobs such as public relations officer in organizations. Moreover, effective communication also improves personal life.
Open your mind
What sets social work apart from others is the human element involved. You cannot be a social worker without this element. As a result, you are closely involved in understanding your areas of interest. For example, if you are an environmentalist, you will learn about economics and environmental perspectives and it will give you a more open perspective on struggles to balance environmental mandates with economics. As a social work graduate, your expanded mental framework will offer analytical skills that will go far in your life.
Contribute to the well-being of the world
Just imagine the amount of effort LGBTQ supporters and social workers have put in throughout human history. Yes, it took a long time before most of us reached a point of agreement that LGBTQs are as human as straight people. This is one of the many powerful examples of how social work has contributed to the well-being of humans, animals, the environment and so on. Indeed, you do not need a diploma to work for a social cause. A degree, however, will arm you with the right kind of knowledge and skills under expert supervision, and it will help you create greater impact.
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