Social work is such an important part of the communal functioning of society. I believe there is a great need that policies and laws often neglect to address. I am pursuing a degree in social work because I wear the face of vulnerability. I am a young, black, and educated woman living in a time where discrimination is still apparent. If everyone was given an equal chance and the opportunity for change, I believe we can create a powerhouse of knowledge and greater awareness for the human in humanity. My background is in criminology and I wanted to pursue a degree outside of my field in order to take a comprehensive approach to how I saw and understood the world. Social work is such a diverse field which speaks to the diversity that is representative in society. My values align very much with what it means to be a social worker. I believe in positive change. As a future social worker, I want to be that voice for those that do not have a voice, and make changes in the Microsystems which would inspire change at the Macro level. For me, it all started with a dream, developed into a passion, and manifested into action. I believe it is our civic responsibility to ensure that no one falls between the cracks.
To continue, furthering my education was not a question in my mind; however I knew I had to make great sacrifices to do so. I was in a state of ambivalence for a short period of time because I knew the financial burden that it would have on me. I currently work full time at
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Prior to being in graduate school I was not fully aware of all the opportunities and experiences in social work. I have since gained more knowledge of macro level opportunities in the field of social work, such as advocating for human rights, and social justice. I have also been presented with the chance to tackle tough policies that directly impacts clients that I have interacted with through my experience in social work. I plan to continue to identify weakness in various systems to promote social justice, and learn more ways to change social institutions to be more humane and
One thing that I have always been certain of when it comes to my future is that I want to inspire, help, and have a positive impact on as much people as possible. I want to fight for those that have no voice and create any necessary social change in my community. The field of social work would help me accomplish that. Social work is a broad field where I would be able to work with various populations of people throughout the community ranging from children to the elderly. I believe that by pursuing a master’s degree in social work I will have a sense of deep satisfaction knowing that I will be prepared to face any obstacle in my future as a social worker. I am aware that social work can be challenging but knowing that I will be able to advocate for others that are helpless and fight for social justice will be very rewarding. I first became interested in social work seven years ago, after my aunt and her husband decided to become foster parents, I would help my aunt take care of the children, and they were all very sweet kids that I will never forget. My aunt and her husband were given the opportunity to adopt a 5-year-old girl and shortly after were able to adopt her newborn sister. It was a very joyous day for our family when the adoption was finalized. During that time I met their social worker, she was a very kind and knowledgeable woman that inspired me to pursue a career in social work. I admired how passionate she was about her job and how much she enjoyed making an
When I first entered the field of social work at Southwest Mississippi Community College, I was clueless as to what the social work profession entailed. At Southwest MS Community College, we mostly focused on perquisites and a few classes related to family. After, leaving Southwest MS Community College and entering Jackson State University, I realized my previous college did not teach me anything relating to the field of social work. However, my entry in my first class Ethics and Values at Jackson State University taught me about the six core values in social work, such as service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. Upon, my entry into JSU, Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program, I understood that social work was not about assisting only children. There is masses of people who need, social workers to advocate for better housing, food, medical care and other basic necessities to survive everyday life.
Social work is a career that finds and chooses you, rather than you selecting it. Social work has always been an immense portion of my life even when I had no recollection of what social work entailed. My life revolved around so many situations that had a social worker stepped in, my life would be totally different than it is today. Many individuals and agencies lack the compassion and empathy for oppressed people. Having been in many circumstances, has given me the experience and background that influenced me to go into social work, as well as the understanding of my role and responsibilities that I will assume as a professional social worker, and my reasons for selecting the program at ASU School of Social Work and thoughts on how the Mission Statement addresses my career goals.
Upon entering my undergraduate years, I searched for a school of study that would allow me to work alongside these vulnerable populations and fortunately found social work. Over the next four years, I saw my interests range from school social work to international social justice to health care and beyond. The ability to study so many different areas of social justice appealed to me, as this BSW degree equips me with the generalist practice knowledge to enter practically any practice setting. No matter where this degree takes me, social work offers thousands of career options, so I know I will revel in this long-term commitment to the profession.
All social worker come from a diverse of backgrounds. I come from a working lower class family. I was raised in a border town as a single child. I was indult the catholic religion with Mexican-American cultures. During my life spam I have come across with many struggles, personally and with close family members that have affected me, in which they have driven me to choose social work as a career. When starting my bachelor’s degree, I chose social work for one reason. All I wanted to be was a lawyer. I was obtaining my bachelor’s degree in social work for the pass to law school and the passion of making an impact to those who are in need. After a couple of classes in the social work program, volunteering, and doing research, I found out that this was meant to be for me. I continued with my desire of helping those in need and willing be helped.
When I think about what social work means to me I think of a life of service, humanity, social justice, human dignity and worth, integrity and competence. You are stating that you have and desire to improve the lives of people less fortunate and/or unable to advocate for themselves. You understand the value of every human life, regardless of their background or belief. This is a profession that is above reproach where integrity and ethics are most important. That means something to me.
Those who choose social work as their profession do so for a variety of reasons. In general, they appear to be motivated by a combination of humanitarian and egalitarian values, and by a desire to understand how society works and how to make it better for everyone. Frequently, a person is motivated to become a social worker following exposure to injustice and oppression.(p.16.)
I personally view social work as a structured, multi-faceted platform that provides necessary, practical assistance and aid to those who direly need it. This comes in numerous different forms and reaches across all walks of life, but ultimately, the unequivocal similarity that all social workers in any branch of social work share is the ability to plant and foster the seeds of positivity and growth in even the darkest, bleakest of places. I have experienced the transformative power of this very work firsthand and, frankly, I believe social work to be one of the most admirable and necessary professions to exist. As the late journalist Alexander Chase so aptly put it, “Social work is a Band-Aid on the festering wounds of society.” It is the role
Social workers have the ability to impact children, families and communities on a grand scale. My hope is to make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling to attain basic human necessities. I have worked in the social work field for the past ten years and am currently a first year MSW student. My hope is to become licensed and eventually found my own non-profit agency serving oppressed populations of families and their children. My goal is to empower individuals and families by providing support services that will address various aspects of their lives. I am currently completing my foundation year internship in a public housing community and I have observed the needs of the community and the lack of resources available to
If anyone would have told me while I was an undergraduate student that I would be applying to a social work program for my Masters, I simply would have chuckled and said to myself, "No way”. At that time, I did not have a complete understanding of all of the aspects social work encompassed (and the many pathways it could take a person down). Regardless of which career path, social workers are aiming for social and economic justice, leading to greater social welfare and social change. Social work aims to help those who face various hardships due to situational, cultural, ethnic diversity, and intellectual abilities. I have come to look at social justice similarly to the American philosopher John Rawls. Like Rawls, I believe social justice
I made the decision prior to graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2013 that I wanted to become a social worker. I have always enjoyed working with people and becoming a social worker would enable me to have a positive impact in individual’s lives. I waited until 2015 to start this journey as my husband had been in the military and I was unable to pursue a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) due to the required field work. However, now that we are permanently settled in Jacksonville, FL I am able to accomplish this dream. I feel that individuals deserve to work with social workers who have a deep desire to create a change or help implement a change in their lives. Every future client has a history, and it is my responsibility to help their future be bright.
My vision of the social work field is being able to help people in need and being the person that people can look back on and remember as a huge help in time of need. I think my core values and beliefs will help me be an effective social worker and help me succeed in this field. It is in my belief that a person should never be knocked down when they are going through hardships, and rather empowering them. I also believe that not everyone could be a social worker because it takes a certain kind of empathetic and self-aware person. I truly believe that my upbringing has humbled me to understand and not be judgmental of people’s issues since I’ve seen a lot in my short twenty-one years.
Social Work is a distinctive practice and an ever-changing field in our world today. A few especially intriguing aspects of this profession are the wide spectrum of its professional values and ethics, appreciation for human diversity, and the emphasis on social and economic justice. With such widespread approaches and focuses, a master degree in Social Work would open endless and exciting possibilities for my future. However, I believe that before a career is even considered, one must examine their personal motivations and influences.
I hope to enter the profession of social work because I believe everyone deserves to have a chance at a good life. This is a profession where you are devoted to helping people from all walks of life, from providing direct services to changing their social environment. Social Workers are change agents and entering this profession I vow to always put my all into each client I encounter needs. I am interested in becoming a social worker because I want to improve the quality of life and enhance wellbeing of individuals, families, couples, groups, and communities. In this profession I want to encourage. Social work is a diverse career; I want to help people help themselves. As a social worker I want to be a positive model in the lives of others. This unique profession can make a difference in one’s