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Profession has not disappointed me

Jelena Gorbaciova
Language: English
Country: Lithuania
Typology: health care professionals
First let me tell you about my decision to becoming and staying a social worker. When I was finishing high school and deciding on future career there really were not too many career opportunities for a female who wanted to pursue some type of after high school education. The ultimate goal for a female at that time was to choose a career that they could do until marriage.The career choices for the young women was teaching and nursing. I entered college at a time when we were told go into colleges for so much needed speciality- Social Studies. There is shortage of social workers and you will have your choice of many different positions. That is what we were told. ! Everyone else must have heard the same advice and chose the same fields. Exploring my possible choices for careers I cought the advice of a famous doctor I had met while attending a state‐wide intercollegiate governmental conferences; she recommended me the state civil service exam which if I passed and scored high would qualify me for a state civil service position. I did so and passed. Then began my career as a caseworker/social worker for the Commonwealth in the welfare department. I had no idea I would be beginning my life’s career as a social worker. I did not know what a social worker does. Fortunately, I had excellent supervisors, mentors, and role models who encouraged me to consider social work. Things have change over the years but that was perhaps the golden age of social services and the state actually valued social workers and had plans to utilize them in their programming. So they enabled me to get my MS degree through a state funded program paying for my schooling and paying me a reduced salary. All I or anyone who went through the program owed the state was two years service. But I must to highlight > Even with a degree, you may not be doing true social work. Over, the years I did very little true social work until left the welfare department and became a home health/ hospice social worker. I whatever setting you work in, you may find that what you consider to be social work and what your employers consider to be social work are not the same. My answer to that is that whatever you are asked to do remember the social work code of ethics and those aspects of the profession and hold on to them no matter what. Even when not practicing what you think is social work if you are relating to people and helping them improve their situation whatever the setting you are practicing social work. I have been blessed the last few years to be working as a hospice social worker. I am able to relate to persons in many different ways and provide a variety of social work appropriate interventions.

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