How To Become A Social Worker

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How To Become A Social Worker

Becoming a social worker is not for everybody because you will have to deal with a lot of drama and the nasty side of society while at the same time trying to find the best solutions to the problems that these people are facing.

The road to becoming a social worker is a long and thankless one that will require you to not only study a lot but also learn while at the same time gaining actual work experience. It will take a lot of effort and a lot of hard decisions on your part, so let's find out how to become a social worker.

Get Your Bachelor's Degree

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The very first step on your journey to becoming a social worker is to get your bachelor's degree in Social Work. This is the field that you will be working in and it is also a strict path that you will have to follow, so make sure that you aim for the right specializations early on. Once you've earned your Bachelor's, you will be ready for the next step.

Get Your Master's Degree

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The next step that you will have to take is also the next step in achieving higher learning, which in this case is the Master's Degree. The requirements for a Master's in social work and social studies are rather harsh, so make sure that you do your research in due time and that you do not miss a single class or course. It is also at this time that you will have to find an internship position as a social worker so that you can start earning real world experience.

Get Your License

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Your last leg of the race is getting your license, and it is not a walk in the park. You will have to take a series of prep courses that will focus on your studies as well as your job experience as an intern, and after that is all said and done you will have to take a final exam. This exam is a long one, however, it is not all that difficult if you have studied in due time and have learned all that you could learn during your internship, and once you pass you will receive your license.

Seek Employment

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Now you're licensed and you're technically a social worker, however, it is now time to get a job as one and start your career off. The most popular, and at the same time accessible, way to go about this is to simply go to the place where you've been hired as an intern and apply for a full-time position. If that does not work out, then it is just a matter of looking for social worker positions, applying and passing the interview.

Becoming a social worker takes a special kind of person that is not only able to identify social problems but also have the drive and dedication to fix them. It is a job that will cause you to go through a lot of stress with a lot of gratification at the very end of every case, however getting to practice it is the first real challenge that you will face.

As long as you complete your education, achieve higher learning in the field, apply for internships and gain job experience while working for your license, you will be set to become a social worker in no time at all.

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