Rosemary — Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Why did you choose to study social work?

I’m passionate about social justice, so I’m hoping that the course will give me the skills to be an effective practitioner as well as allowing me to help those most disadvantaged in our society. In this course we’re trained to see the broader structural problems that people face in society and, with some luck, help them to overcome these through critical and reflective practice. Combining social work with psychology adds a really interesting dimension to my understanding of social issues, and I think they work well together in terms of seeing the big and little picture all at once.

What is the best thing about your course?

The best thing about this course would be the focus on critical theories, which have really broadened my thinking and understanding of the world. Also, there are two placements we have to undertake later in the course, which will be a great opportunity to get some fieldwork experience.

What is the worst thing about your course?

The worst thing is that it’s quite difficult to learn sad or upsetting things and not let them affect you, but I guess that’s good experience for when you’re working in the field.

What does your course involve?

The course is four years long, with placements in the field in third and fourth year (70 days each). There are lectures and tutes for each subject and the option to pick up a few electives as well.

What are your job prospects after graduating?

Job prospects after graduation seem pretty good but, as in most social service fields, are heavily reliant on continued government funding. That being said, I think the double degree will be an advantage once I graduate, as social workers and psychologists often work together in multidisciplinary teams and being able to relate to both fields will be very useful.

What advice would you give to students considering studying social work?

I would advise students considering social work to get some experience working in the field of human services, whether through paid employment or volunteering. This course can be a bit heavy at times, so I would suggest people do some research before applying and make sure they have a good support network of friends and family around them. Another thing is to have some savings before going on placement, as it’s difficult to do any sort of paid work!

Will you complete further study?

I would consider undertaking further study after graduating, maybe to do some research, but I’d like to work for a while first.

Further Reading:

Studying Social Work

Social Work Courses

Working as a Social Worker 

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