(Closed) Any Social Work Bees?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m from new Zealand so not sure what u have in your country but it was so hard breaking into the social work field here too. I presume u did placement? (Like work experience) I finally got a job trough a placement that I did. It was at the men’s prison in my city. A just keep applying an d even volunteer to get a foot in the door. Once u do that your sweet 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m in child abuse investigations; that’s a bachelor’s degree here (though a lot of us have Masters)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@LivingInPink99:  Try drug rehabilitation centers, non-profits, maybe the state, it is called DHS here, but they deal with children and mentally disabled people that need help. The thing is, you are not going to get a job with the title “Social Worker”. Most of those will need MSWs, you might find work as a “Clinical Assistant”, “Case Manager”, or “Director of…” sort of positions. Everything I’ve seen that says licensed Social Worker requires a masters.

I’m trying to get some experience in this field before I go to get my MSW, too. Good luck!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m a social worker!  I have an MSW but was in the field for a couple of years before going back to school.  I am in Massachusetts and I know some of this stuff varies by state. 

 

What kind of setting/population do you want to work with?  Off the top of my head, some BA-level options are case management (adults or kids), crisis hotline support, and child protection services.  

 

I have a BA in psychology but had zero experience in this field as an undergrad (thought I wanted to go in a different direction, rather than clinical).  I got my first job in a group home for adults with mental illness, as a case manager.  I was also a residential manager for the same agency pre-grad school.  Over the years I’ve done outpatient, crisis, and hospital work.  Now I’m a supervisor in a department serving adults with mental illness, in the community and in residential settings.

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@LivingInPink99:  Congratulations on graduating! My first SW job was at a mental health facility. It was a contract job working with the Department of Human Service’s Child Welfare division. I was given a caseload of families and did home visits to teach parenting skills, link them to community resources, etc.

Have you tried looking for a state job? I see you’re in Chi-town.

I did an Indeed.com search and found these:

 

http://www.npo.net/job/prevention-specialist/50105?action=search&13=illinois&offset=15&utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed

 

http://www.socialservice.com/jobdetails.cfm/58854/Family-Case-Manager-Outreach-Worker

 

http://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=8c34907c15c5054a&q=social+work&l=Chicago%2C+IL&tk=17s93jcqg18326pq&from=web

Remember…they may not sound great and the pay is HORRIBLE right out of college, but you can advance after a couple of years! PM me if I can help you with anything.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsMaskatoBe:  I am not a “social worker” but I am along the same field. I am a bachelor of psychology student, but I work at a domestic violence shelter. I volunteered there, and when I saw an opening, I applied along with a lot of other people (even those who had masters). A lot of jobs are actually looking for *less* experience, you just have to be willing to broaden your definition of what qualifies as social work.

They ultimately chose me because they said I had the heart for it, and was eager to be trained and take direction. Not that this is entirely untrue of masters level applicants, but I think having a lesser degree (technically no degree at all, at the moment)  did help in my particular situation.

Try local domestic violence shelters, Department of Human Services (DHS), community mental health (CMH), etc…  

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do you know if your state has licensing on the Bachelor level? I just graduated with my BSW with a minor is Psychology but fortunately Ohio requires licensing at this level so I’ll actually have my LSW (assuming I pass *crosses fingers*).

I am starting small, to be honest. I live in a very rural area that doesn’t have many social service resources so I will be working at a nursing home for developmentally disabled men. I will work with the families, get the men connected with any medical services they need, and in a few cases, work with Hospice. It’s not ideal for me since I did my field at a school and LOVED it. My goal is to get back into school social work but again, the area I live in doesn’t really have resources like that set up yet.

Eventually I’ll probably go back and get my MSW, but like you, that isn’t an option right now. Are you a member of NASW? I believe you can browse state jobs on their website. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh, I would also recommend LinkedIn.  I ended up chatting extensively with a girl who I connected with through a post on the NASW boards… she had just moved to the area and was job hunting.  Maybe that’s a way to find some local connections in the field?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Kat:  I didn’t have a SW degree either :). Mine was Marriage and Family Education. Haha. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsMaskatoBe:  That would be an absolutely perfect degree for a domestic violence shelter or homeless shelter. I don’t know what they have where you’re at, but here we have an agency called Highfields, and it basically makes budgeting/cleaning/parenting plans and does counseling w/ families either dealing with CPS, or a social system that dictates they need the extra help. Might want to see if something like this exists in your area, as your degree is incredibly applicable to that sort of work.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Almost Mrs.P:  Small world…I have my MSW and live in WNY 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LivingInPink99:  I would look up the state website for jobs and check there.  Also look at places like Indeed.com for private agencies that do similar work.  And, I’d check LinkedIn for anyone you’re remotely connected to who may do the type of work you’re thinking of.  Good luck!

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsBlah:  I love connections like that!  What kind of work do you do?  We sort of toy with the idea of moving out there, but I looooove my current job and agency and have no idea what the social work landscape is like in that area.

 

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