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Finding you first social work job is not just about what you know; it can be who you know. Make sure you build your network by impressing managers and other social workers during your student placements.
You should let your placement manager know that you have enjoyed working in the local authority or team and ask them for a reference. Keep in touch with the departments where you do placements in case job opportunities arise.
Once qualified, these contacts could help provide the first step of your career as a qualified social worker.
Other things you can do include:
- Attending career fairs and joining online networking sites and forums to hear of new opportunities as they arise
- Look at support worker jobs to get your foot in the door (this helps to prevent gaps in your employment and can boost experience)
- Make yourself known to employers
- Volunteering can show you are dedicated to the social care sector, as well as building experience of working with adults or children