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Question Social Work, is it worth trying??? - August 23rd 2010, 11:35 PM

Right now I'm at a loss as all my aspirations to become a social worker are falling apart... the thing is that I really enjoy helping other people and it is great to have an outreach work... there is only one issue and it is a miserable pay...

Originally, I've planned to start working during my senior year of college while continuing my part-time job, which is a freelance writer... In reality it appears to be way more complicated as there are some financial struggles that my family is going through for the past two years...

This fall I'm going to be a junior and all those financial matters are getting me more and more depressed... On the other hand I don't want to give up a chance to become a social worker... since the age of eight I've dreamed to open an art studio for children and youth with disabilities...


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Re: Social Work, is it worth trying??? - August 24th 2010, 07:12 PM

I've considered entering the social work field, and I agree: it is pretty miserable pay.

It all depends, to be honest. If you aren't a very materialistic person as it is, then I would seriously consider it because then you would be devoting most of your paycheck to essentials. However, if you're like me and enjoy spending money on clothes, books, art supplies, music, DVDs, etc... I would look into some other fields.

However, it doesn't take money to be ultimately happy. If you genuinely think you'll be happiest in Social Work, then by all means continue it.

Other ideas... you could also pursue Art & Business in order to gain the knowledge to open your own art studio, and take psychology, sociology, and social work on the side. Just an idea.

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Re: Social Work, is it worth trying??? - August 31st 2010, 10:39 AM

It does depend on the kind of person you are. If you really would be willing to dedicate your whole life to helping others and getting a smaller pay reward for yourself, then a) good on you and b) you should go for it. However if you would like more pay, it would be better to pursue another career. Although the primary importance is YOUR happiness. It would be better to be doing a job you love and getting paid the bare minimum than having tons of money in a job that you really really can't stand.

Obviously because of your family's money troubles, and I'm not sure how it works in America if you live there, it might not be a possibility for you to go to University to study so that you can have a better paying job in the social work field, such as going into the medical side, or many of the other aspects of it. You should really just go with your gut feeling, as it's your future you're determining.

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