A Career That Makes A Difference

Social work as a career offers many possibilities to people who want to make a difference in the quality of life for individuals and society.

Are you interested in working with abused children or with couples who are having trouble in their relationship? Would you like to help persons with drug or alcohol problems or in assisting disabled persons to realize their potential?

Social workers are commonly viewed as those who work directly with people who are disadvantaged and troubled. While this is true, it is only part of the picture.

Perhaps you want to assist people to influence the quality of life of their communities and neighbourhoods. Could you see yourself helping groups organize to get better housing, improved health care or safer neighbourhoods?

Maybe you would like to use your knowledge and skill to help shape better social policies. Or perhaps you have an inquiring mind keen to delve into the causes of specific social ills or to grapple with questions about which social programs really work and why. These are just some of the career possibilities open to you as a social worker.

Education and Training

Post-secondary education is required in the field of social work. Three different levels of preparation are available in Ontario universities.

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) requires four years of university study. An additional year of graduate study is required for the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. Those holding a non-social work undergraduate degree must complete two years of study for a Master of Social Work degree. Completion of the M.S.W. degree generally ensures greater job mobility.

Post-graduate study leading to a Doctorate degree in social work is often pursued by those who wish to teach at a university or who are involved in high-level research, social policy or large-scale administration.

Social Work Programs of Study 
(Social Work Programs)

More Information
Volunteer Work: To learn more about social work as a career, volunteer for a local social services agency  and obtain first-hand experience about the day-to-day experiences of social workers.

www.oasw.org to learn more information about choosing social work as a career.

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