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Significant issues arise on a daily basis within social work but experienced practitioners also know those challenges bring opportunities which highlight the rewards of the job.

Those “rewards” may not always be conventional - often more in the realms of job satisfaction, new skills and personal development rather than remuneration - but they bring with them an undeniable confirmation that you made the right career choice and know why you remain a social work practitioner. 

So, just what may those rewards be?


The work is varied, challenging and stimulating:

No two days are the same. Working with vulnerable children and adults in different situations and locations and endeavouring to find a solution to various issues means you will always experience new scenarios.

Personal development:

As well as learning more about the job, you discover more about yourself too in a career which places physical, mental and emotional demands upon you. But you will be defined by how you turn these from a potential negative into a positive, and that is crucial in enjoying your work and gaining as much as possible from it. You will discover your level of resilience, capability, intelligence, observation and perception and apply them to a growing skill base in resolving situations within families, childhood issues, or with vulnerable adults. And you will make a difference, though not always in the way you may have expected.

Teamwork:

You are not alone and are surrounded by understanding colleagues. Teamwork is important, but your support network may go beyond your specialist team and this is where networking within social work is important, drawing on the support and advice of counterparts elsewhere within the profession. When dealing with abused children, vulnerable adults or families in crisis, you will recognise the value of teamwork and building relationships with colleagues. That unity is reward for your commitment.

Gaining experience:

There will be cases that change the way you practise, and potentially your outlook on life. Social work is not a short-term career; see it as a long-term commitment where you are always learning as the profession – and children and vulnerable adults - need experienced workers. The experience you gain will be priceless and see you more able to prioritise, manage stress and extend your skills and abilities.

Pride and privilege in your profession:

It’s important to feel proud of the work you and your colleagues do as well as positive – you are placed you in a privileged position of being able to help a person at what is often a crisis point. As a social worker, the difference you make to people’s lives can be life-changing. 

Sense of humour:

It will find you, even in the midst of despair. 

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