If you are into social justice and human rights, interested in helping people help themselves, in possession of a mature outlook, a switched on problem solver and looking for a totally rewarding career
- you need look no further than Social Work.
This is a career that is not for the feint-hearted but definitely for the big-hearted. Job Outlook defines Social Workers as those professionals who assess the social needs of individuals, families and groups, assist people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems. And then some!
Social Workers are employed across a range of services including government, not-for-profits and non-government community organisations (NGOs) For example the Departments of Corrective Services, Child Protection, and Communities all employ Social Workers. This is alongside hospitals, health centres and well known community and outreach groups such as Relationships Australia.
As a Social Worker you will develop great counselling, communication, analytical and research skills. Your job could involve advocating for children in need or patients in hospitals, empowering young people, and assisting the elderly or those who are homeless or marginalised. Basically, it’s all about really helping people.
Don’t just take our word for it, to find out more about Social Work as a dynamic career, check out our Career Guide and have a listen to what some of our Curtin alumni who are professionals in the field have to say about it.
Tamar Willner on career, getting started and specific role and pathway:
Catriona MacKay MacLeod on getting started in the field and the diversity of roles that can take you there: