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               JD [userpic]
Question about graduation
at February 11th, 2014 (03:47 pm)

Hey everyone, I am in my last semester a social work student. I am getting ready to take my state boards, but I was wondering when should i start applying or looking for jobs? Thanks for the help :D

swkpixie7 [userpic]
Fresh Meat
by swkpixie7 (swkpixie7)
at April 3rd, 2013 (12:26 am)

Hi All
Im a social work student from Northern Ireland
Im in my final year and final placement of my degree and am starting to think about jobs.
Its nice to find this community, it might make me more productive!

Bubblegum Bitch [userpic]
Graduation concerns
by Bubblegum Bitch (omgitsmuggy)
at December 6th, 2012 (06:01 pm)

x-posted to socialwork

As I just applied for my degree and will be graduating in May, job hunting is at the front of my mind. So I have a few questions.

1. When is a good time to begin applying for jobs?
2. When I apply, do I simply put my anticipated graduation date and available start date?
3. In my state, you can take the CSW exam immediately after graduating. Should I wait on this to apply? That means I wouldn't be working right away and I will need the money for student loan payments ASAP.
4. For those who did not work at your internship sites, how did the job search go? My first year practicum is going through agency-wide changes that means there will be a big reduction in clinical positions and I'm not really into being a case manager. My second year practicum, I don't think I would be happy there. The morale is very low and the office environment is almost hostile. So my practicum sites are unlikely for jobs.


yasdnil723 [userpic]
Assortment of questions
by yasdnil723 (yasdnil723)
at August 29th, 2012 (08:17 pm)

Hi everyone! I'm going into my last semester as an undergrad and am strongly considering applying to MSW programs this fall.  I'm a psychology major interested in doing therapy with my future degree. I have some questions I've been mulling over and would like any input from current students :)

1. Will getting an MSW degree allow me to specialize in treating certain disorders if I wish to do so, or are skills learned more general? Or does it depend on the classes/field experiences offered at a particular school? Sort of related: to anyone who has considered getting a phD in psychology or PsyD, how do you think the level of training you get with an MSW compares (as far as doing clinical work)?

2. I have a pretty strong research background and would like to keep my options open if I find I don't like doing therapy or can't find a job. What kinds of jobs options are available in research for MSW degree holders?

3. What's the final word on putting experiences involving overcoming personal hardships/mental health issues into application essays? I've been told different things by grad students/advisors: it's fine as long as you spin it in a positive light, JUST SAY NO, and limit it to one sentence. I know it's a bad thing to make your essay be "poor me" and I don't want to do that, but I feel so strongly about the people that helped me during rough years in my life that it is one of the main reasons I am passionate about helping others, especially those with mental health issues.

I appreciate very much any and all input on any of the above questions!

tigergirl72 [userpic]
Grad Schools
by tigergirl72 (tigergirl72)
at April 29th, 2012 (12:01 am)

Hi everyone, 
I'm a sophomore SW student in NJ and I was wondering if anyone had opinions on Monmouth University, Rutgers University, and Fordham University's masters programs.  I heard Fordham was incredible and most SW graduates from my school go there; but I really don't want to have commute to the NYC everyday in order to go to class, or rent an NYC apartment for the year I'm in grad school. 

What are your opinions?

Tatiana Lissov Kastner [userpic]
Is it a part of social work?
by Tatiana Lissov Kastner (social_worker)
at April 22nd, 2012 (07:04 am)

Hello guys!

I have a very strange question…I’ve just heard that in one of Montreal’s hospital, in neonatology department, one of the social worker’s tasks is to wash and dress the body of dead newborns…I have difficulties to believe in it, but the information is true… I was wondering if there is a same practice in the other parts of the world. In my opinion it is not that a social worker should do and it has to be someone from ritual services. Maybe I am wrong?

you would kill for this, just a little bit [userpic]
by you would kill for this, just a little bit (followthetempo)
at April 16th, 2012 (12:28 pm)

I'm considering last minute applying to the University of Southern California online MSW program.  Does anyone know any information on the program or gone to it? Did you or someone else who has like it?


cross-poated to sw students.

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

Catherine Winner [userpic]
Nervous about grad school!
by Catherine Winner (sunrunnersioned)
at April 3rd, 2012 (08:00 pm)

Greetings all!
I'm so excited to have found this comm! I've been on lj for years but never found it! 

I was recently(on Saturday) accepted into MSU's MSW program and am now facing a ton of self doubt. I'm a good student and I love to study/be in class but I'm worried about the transition from college(I go to a small community college) to an MSW program.
I am doing it part time but I was wondering if any could share their experiences/thoughts about their first semester as an MSW student.
Thank you so much!!

Roxy [userpic]
Two Application Questions
by Roxy (cozmic_oceanz)
at January 1st, 2012 (10:19 pm)

1. One of the schools I am applying to is asking for a research paper (on top of an SoP!) and I am really unsure about my topic. Would writing about the SOCIAL WELFARE issue of cyber bullying be okay as opposed to writing something like managed care, social security, food stamps, etc? I feel like the latter seems more like social welfare, but I am really very, very unfamiliar with those topics. So I was thinking about doing cyber bullying. But I don't know if that's relevant or if it's too obvious or I don't know!

2. Is it really bad to say, for example, "marginalized people/groups"? I had that phrase in some of the SoP's I already submitted, but then I heard it's bad and that one should say "people who have been marginalized by society, etc." so as not to sound prejudice.


Thanks so very much in advance!

(x-posted to socialwork)

Pocket Full of Rainbows [userpic]
by Pocket Full of Rainbows (miss_meliss_a)
at November 20th, 2011 (09:43 pm)

current mood: curious

Hi everyone. I graduated with a BS in Human Services in June, and I'm researching now, deciding what kind of master's degree I'd like to get. The options I'm looking into include social work, mental health counseling, and school counseling. I was wondering if you kind folks could give me your opinion on the MSW, how you like/liked it, and how expansive this degree is for possibilities of future employment compared to these other options. I would like to work with children/youth, and preferably would like to become certified in Animal Assisted Therapy as well and work that into a career while working with children/youth. I've posted in a couple other places, but always appreciate any additional insight!

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