10 Things Social Work Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

10 Things Social Work Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

We are not baby snatchers!
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As a social work major, you most likely have a love for people and helping others! If you are not a people person, perhaps you have picked the wrong major. But, that is a different story! Social work majors are friendly, loving and put up with ALOT! Because our profession will have us working with different populations and different scenarios daily. Future social workers are prepared and ready for what the world has to throw at them. However, it is hard to grin and be happy go lucky when you constantly are being told that your future job is going to make little to no money. More than likely, if you ask a social work major why this is their chosen major, they will tell you they enjoy helping others. They might even tell you a social worker influenced their life in some way and this is their way of giving back to the help they once had.

Below is a list of things social workers are tired of hearing! Believe me, we get asked these all the time and it is getting old real quick!

1. "Clearly, you are not in the social work profession for the money. Because you know that you are going to be broke, right?"

Well, Suzy Sunshine, I actually will make a decent income for myself. Please educate yourself on the hundreds of professions I can obtain with my bachelor's degree, and then consider how much more I will make with my master's and even Ph.D For the love of all that is holy, please do not tell a social work major they are going to make no money! Even though this is a rewarding career, we still plan to make a living and make a difference!

2. "Oh, so you are going to be a baby snatcher?"

Not all social workers work in child protective services (CPS), and the term baby snatcher is offensive and incorrect. We prefer doing what is best for the child's lives rather than snatching them!

3. "What do social workers even do?"

Have you ever put your grandparent in the nursing home? Have you ever met someone that needed help with addiction? Has a loved one ever passed away in a hospital? Have you ever been to counseling? Do you have someone you know in jail? We do a lot, look around and you will most likely find a social worker everywhere you go.

4. "Good luck finding a job!"

Where there are people, there will be a need for social workers.

5. "Is there really a growing need for social workers?"

People need help every single day, so yes there is a growing need! Social workers are in high demand.

6. "What an easy major!"

Yes, it is so easy! I have a 30-page research paper, assessments to evaluate a client's needs, a 400+ hour internship where I have my own clients, and a whole bunch of ethics I follow daily. Yes, do tell us how easy you think that is and get back to me.

7. "You must be a real people person."

If I did not like people, I would most likely be in the wrong major. Seeing as social workers help people.

8. "So, you must really like working with poor people?"

Social workers work with all populations. Not everyone is poor. Middle and upper-class people might even need our help. Example: placing a loved one in a nursing home, death of a family member and individual or marriage counseling.

9 ."Why do you want to help people that who clearly cannot help themselves?"

This question makes us angry. Everyone at some point in their lives becomes vulnerable and need help. Think of that next time you need help.

10. "Oh, so you want to work with kids?"

Social workers do not just work with kids. We work with all ages!



Next time you want to ask a social work major a question, please refrain from the top 10 listed. We do so much more than "snatch babies" and if you want to Google our income, feel free because it is probably more than you thought!


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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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To The Educators Who Are Discouraging Their Students' Learning, It Needs To Stop

To the educator who is telling their students how they will fail, why don't you try telling them how they well succeed?

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No matter your education level, career path, opportunities given and so on you have experienced an educator who has been less than pleasant. We have all encountered that teacher or professor who talks down to you or makes you feel like a lesser person. Well once in for all it needs to stop, this is not okay.

To the educator who is telling their students how they will fail, why don't you try telling them how they will succeed?

It is all about communication and not always being negative. If you walk into a class on day one and tell students how they will do well they are more prone to actually follow through with it. But when you walk in guns a blazing and telling your students all the ways they will not pass, your instilling a stigma that they will struggle.

To the educator who is clouded with doom and gloom, don't spread that to us. We pay the university to get knowledge and insight into the careers we hope to go into. We are looking to you for guidance on how we can be the best we can be. When we walk into a class we do not want you to tell us everything negative that could possibly happen.

We are in a vulnerable state and need to hear some positivity amongst all the stress in obtaining a diploma. We do not need to hear all the bad things that happened to you, we need to hear about the days that made you keep going.

To the educator who tells you, you should change your major. It is not their place. They have no right to tell you how you should spend your life. Professors should give you advice and tools on how you can do better. They should not jump to conclusions and assume you will fail in life.

Just because I am struggling in your ONE class does not mean I will fail in my career. You are a teacher and are suppose to be a role model, there is no reason you should be telling me that I am not good enough. People in our society wonder why certain professions are dwindling and this is why. Because of negative, pessimistic teachers.

To the educator who is not putting in effort into their course, please try. Not only do we pay a lot of money to be heard but I want to learn. I want to succeed. And I do not want to look at your class as a joke.

When you are not creating assignments, giving constructive feedback or even caring if people show up it is only going to hurt me in the future. I need the handouts, the lectures and for you to go that extra mile so I feel prepared in the coming years. I should not have to come to class and feel like you threw it together five minutes before.

I need to see your passion, I need to know how you got through what I am dealing with right now. If you do not have a passion for your own class why should I?

To the educator who treats me as if I am disposable, it is not your place. When I walk into a class and you talk down to me it is completely uncalled for. You demand respect but do not give out any yourself.

You have no right to treat me as if I don't matter because I should. I should be a priority to you during the semester of your class, it is your job. You have no right to try and scare me out of your class or make me feel like if I do not get an 'A' I am incompetent.

I am trying. I am putting in all my effort and If I am not reaching your standards then you should coach me so that I am. Instead of talking to me like I am a child who will go nowhere in life.

To the educator who sets up their course with unreasonable expectations, remember we are only human. We are taking several classes along with yours and are just trying to balance life. If I miss one day there is no reason to treat me like a pariah I promise I just needed a minute.

If I ask for one extension I am not taking advantage of you I am just struggling and need a helping hand. Remember we are here because we want to learn so please set up your class that way. There is no need to act like your class is better than anyone else's of that we should put it over others. You should want us to respect all our professors just as you want us to respect you.

But most importantly if you are an educator who hates their job, please get out of it. It shows when you hate your job and that creates a bad stigma for our class. You will not give me everything I need if you have no interest in the class yourself.

Teaching is hard and teaching multiple classes isn't meant to be easy, but it is what you chose to do. No one is making you do this. I should not have to sit through several hours a week of a bitter professor who doesn't want to be there. If you do not have the heart for it anymore then go do something else.

I know college is supposed to be hard, I am not denying that. But I cannot condone the fact that some professors treat students as if they do not matter. I pay a lot to be here and do not deserve to be in a class where a teacher makes light of that.

A college degree is an investment and I feel like I am loosing out on that due to the lack of quality professors. It would be nice if they put more effort into the structure of their class, but at the very least just caring and showing heart for what they are doing.

To all the people who wonder why some students drop out or change degrees a million times, this is why. When you are constantly dealing with educators who seem like they want you to fail it is hard to want to keep going. If you have had experiences like this you are not alone.

Try not to let it get to you and discourage your learning. Do not change your degree and push through it. It might be terrible now but that professor in the years to come will not matter. I know its hard but they are not worth your tears or stress.

You got this and I promise, you have plenty of people in your corner who do want to see YOU succeed!

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