01/06/2020

What a career in Social Work looks like

Deciding on a career path can seem like a tremendous task to begin with. After studying multiple subjects for years, you finally have an idea about what you enjoy learning and potentially a career to pursue. The next step is to look for a degree in the industry you want to head into.

This blog will take a more in-depth look into the potential careers within Social Work. There are options to work in the public or private sector, and you can specialise in a variety of settings, working in foster homes, communities, hospitals and charities, you might even want to pursue a Postgraduate qualification and move into social policy or counselling. By the end of this blog, you’ll know a little more about the work involved as a social worker.

Potential careers


Being a social worker is incredibly rewarding; it is a job where you use your skills in order to look after others and improve their lives. Not only will you thrive on helping other people, but the nation will also hold you in high regard as you selflessly help others every day.

Social workers jobs can vary depending on where they are employed, the most common role is working within communities. Not only does this role help relieve the strain on hospitals and doctors, but it also gives a deeper connection between patient and social worker as they have regular meetings together.

A typical day in the life of a community social worker can vary dramatically. If there has been a significant event, their services might be immediately required somewhere, but most of the time, social workers will travel from home-to-home, checking in on their clients, helping them with any needs they may have and giving them time to talk and create a bond.

In the spotlight

A popular career option is one that good-hearted people will embark upon. One of them is none other than Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson. Before his acting career took off, Jackson was heavily involved in his local community and worked as a social worker for two years in Los Angeles.

If you’re inspired by the incredible work social workers do, and you’re considering a Social Work degree, there has never been a better time to check out the courses on offer at the University of Bolton. For more information, click here.

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