Dear Social Work Student:
The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
congratulates you on your choice of social work as a profession. A
career in social work provides a diverse range of exciting
opportunities in which to apply the knowledge and skills you will
be acquiring in your social work program.
We hope that you will have a productive academic year.
As the term begins, we wanted to highlight a few exciting OASW
- The newly updated OASW publication, Tips and Advice
on Conducting a Social Work Job Search (Revised April
2013), with topics including: today's social work job
market; how jobs can be located; what employers want; a
self-assessment; job search on the Internet, networking; a job
search tool kit; the job interview; and much more.
- OASW's Job Search Initiative, the goal of
which is to provide OASW members with short-term access to
Experienced Social Workers who can demystify the job search process
and provide advice and perspective on job search
- OASW's online job search site,
SocialWorkJobs.ca, which is affiliated with
Workopolis to provide a comprehensive job-networking tool. The
user-friendly website enables Association members to not only
search for social work positions but also make job applications
online and post CVs.
- A new video on the differences
between OASW and OCSWSSW (Ontario College of
Social Workers and Social Service Workers) by Gillian McCloskey,
Associate Executive Director. There are two other short new
videos in this section: Executive Director Joan MacKenzie
Davies provides an overview of OASW including its mandate and
why students join; and Shira Moalem,
OASW Student Director (2011-2013), talking about what students say
about the value of membership within the
Please click on the screens below to launch the
What is OASW?
What is the Association's mandate?
Why should students join OASW?
How is OASW's role separate
and distinct from OCSWSSW?
What do students have to say
about the value of OASW
There are many benefits of becoming a member of
- Stay current and save time with critical information.
- Make your voice heard by joining in collective advocacy to
benefit society and social work clients.
- Ensure that decision-makers recognize the contribution of
- Network and engage with colleagues at the local and provincial
levels. And so much more.
Student membership costs $99 per year. Click
Membership Application to join,
and benefit from reduced membership fees for the first two
years following graduation.
We encourage you to visit the rest of OASW's
website and learn more about the role of the Association as the
voice for social workers in Ontario. Becoming a member of OASW
strengthens the social work profession and gives social workers and
clients a stronger voice.
Ensure that social work has a strong, unified
presence. Support social work in Ontario. Join OASW.
It's your voice!
You may also click on Welcome
Letter, containing details about the Annual
Student Membership Award (deadline November
29th) and the Draw for a $100
Gift Card (deadline November
29th). Please also visit
Benefits of Membership for more information about your
If you have any questions, contact us!
Have a great year!
OASW Student Director
Joan MacKenzie Davies, MSW, Res.Dip.S.W., RSW
To find out more about OASW, click: