This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the topic of: What’s in it for social workers? Part 1 focuses on factors that can make social work unattractive. With that established, in Part 2 I focus on how we as social workers can thrive in our professions and personal lives.
Keeping it real- this be me (incidentally, if you want to have a glimpse of PhD life, check out these comics! The humour gets to me sometimes because it is SO relatable). This post is almost finished but there is no way I can write anything good with Deadline hanging over me, screwing my body with stress. Summary preview of the main points below before I get back to this again 😄
How can social workers thrive, both in our professions and personal lives? Astute readers will note the duality in this question, intentionally phrased to help us consider the social worker as a person in the environment as well.
1. Make the most of your take-home salary
2. Nourish your unique strengths
3. Nourishing and maintaining a personal vision
4. Journeying with friends (both social worker and non-social workers!)
5. Cultivating our personal sense of agency