Social workers and other human service professionals are known as superheroes in the world. They help generations of all kind battle through anything. Human service education comes with a multitude of misconceptions from outside perspectives, as well as other struggles. Here are some I face on a daily basis:
1. "What's your major?" "Human Services" "..ohhhhh..." (has no idea what that is)
...(repeats usual, scripted explanation)
2. "Human Services...... so like Human Resources?"
3. "So why didn't you just study psychology?"
I, personally, am not a science-y person. Psych is usually more dealing with the brain, and Human Services deal with more of the social psychology.
4. It isn't always Social Work
Human Services usually pertains to social work, but not always. Some Human Services majors want to be event planners, or even work in areas that have nothing to do with servicing others.
5. It isn't always CPS
No, I do not want to pull kids from their houses away from their loved ones and siblings.
6. Every Human Services student has enough credits to add a psychology minor
7. Knowing that your career is going to emotionally and mentally exhausting, but that doesn't stop the fact we want to help people.
It doesn't matter how tough it's going to be because you know that it will be rewarding for the ones you help, and even for yourself.