10 Things Social Workers Want You to Know

10 Things Social Workers Want You to Know

There's more than meets the eye.

A social worker is an advocate, broker, researcher, counselor, and so many other things. We do not limit ourselves to one position in this profession, and there are so many things to fall in love with. Social work has more than meets the eye to those that really have a passion for it, so here are a few things we want you to know:

1.)We know we won’t get paid a large amount of money, but we don’t really care.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “We’re in it for the outcome, not the income.” No other statement has been truer. We don’t need you to tell us we will be broke for the rest of our lives, but you don’t understand that we gain so much more by helping others.

2.)We aren’t “child snatchers.

When most people hear “social worker” they automatically think we’re going to take away your kids. (Rolls eyes). For the most part, we are going to be the ones behind the scenes doing the paper work. The harsh truth is, we are just doing our job in investigating. We want the best possible outcome for children.

3.)We work in more than just child services.

We may be your counselor, your case worker, etc. There are so many opportunities in social work, and you can do something different every day. Social work is a field of opportunity that allows you to go out of your comfort zone (if you dare) and try out something that you may fall in love with.

4.)It’s so much more than “helping people.”

It’s about being someone’s last resort. It is about researching and getting the facts. It is about using every possible resource you can to make sure a client will have a tomorrow.

5.)Our job isn’t as easy as you think it is.

You may think all we do is paperwork, but that is only the half of it. We may be in court, in a session with a client, going from house to house as a caseworker, or spending time doing research. We may be working with a couple who would love to adopt, or we may be making a home visit for a struggling alcoholic.

6.)Taking time for self-maintenance is key.

It cannot be stressed enough that the key to always being on your toes is really within yourself. You must take the time to vent to someone or pick up a hobby that you love. Our job is stressful enough without bringing it home with us.

7.)You can’t sleep with your clients (No Sex Eyes)

Just in case you decide to become a social worker, you should probably know you can’t have relations with your clients. Surprisingly, after a certain amount of time a therapist can have relations with their clients. I’m not sure why you’d want to if they’re coming to see you for your help, but you can’t do that in social work, so don’t.

8.)Our job is more dangerous than you think.

Going on a home visit, you never really know what to expect. You may be going to the home of one of the nicest families you’ve ever met in a suburb of Niceville, or you may be going to a rough part of town where you don’t really know what’s going on, you just hear sirens close by.

9.)We don’t work that good ole 9-5.

We don’t have a normal schedule, but who really likes normal? There is always an emergency, which is alright with us because we are doing what we love.

10.)If your heart isn’t in it, it isn’t for you.

You can’t half do your job because someone’s life depends on it. You have to have the true passion to make an impact on someone’s life. You have to have the dedication and know your job will never be easy, but it will always be worth it. You need to know if you have the heart to be a social worker, or you will burn out fast.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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