For all those with strong humanitarian desires and a special interest in bringing about a difference in the lives of other can choose social work as a career. For majority out there, social work is a hobby let alone a career for just the privileged classes. It is assumed that it is often not a suitable career stream for students who actually wish to earn big bucks. But all of you out there will be amazed to know just like other corporate jobs, a job as a social worker can be equally rewarding.
With social work taking shape of an organized area of work, opportunities are now available for social workers to specialize in areas of their interest. They now have the choice to work in research and planning or working personally with clients. Social work helps one choose a career that extends meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, related to their existing area of work.
Wish to get in to the field of social work but not sure whether your personality type suits this profession or not? Here is a list of the essential traits that one must possess if one wishes to get into this profession.
- Good listening skills
- Ability to understand directions and information
- Good problem solving skills
- Passion for this profession
- Leadership skills
- Ability to think out of the box
- Ability to empathize with others
- Willingness to being a positive change in society
Course / Training
Students who wish to pursue a degree course in social work can do so by pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) or a MA in Social Work. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree program or equivalent in any area can pursue MSW. They have to appear for a written entrance exam that includes questions on general awareness, communication and expression. A few universities also conduct an interview after the written exam. There are very less colleges / universities that offer a bachelors program in Social Work.
List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Social Work
|Faculty of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia||www.jmi.ac.in/socialwork|
|Tata Institute of Social Sciences||www.tiss.edu|
|Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai||www.nirmalaniketan.com|
|Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University||www.du.ac.in|
|University of Pune||www.unipune.ac.in|
There are job opportunities in areas such as:
- Medical institutions
- Academic Institutes
- Natural Resource Management companies
- Disaster Management Department
- Internationally organization such as WHO, UNESCO etc
- Women and tribal welfare organisations
- Human rights agencies
The payment of MSW graduates differ based on the experience and standard of service and loyalty. A fresher can earn Rs8000-Rs10000 every month.