Social Work Month is here and I can’t help but reflect on my own past experiences in the field. I recall entering my MSW program knowing that the degree would put me on the right path to achieving my overall career goal of helping and empowering others. However, I quickly learned that my experiences beyond the classroom would shape my interests and direct that path. It was the people, both my clients in my field placements as well as other social work professionals, who had the greatest impact on my work and future goals.
This year’s Social Work Month theme is “All People Matter.” It is a simple statement but brings focus to the great work that social workers do in the field every day. I often meet with MSW students who are uncertain as to how they would like to apply their degree. I felt that way as a graduate student myself. With so many “options” it can feel overwhelming as graduation approaches. Social workers can be found in a variety of settings and roles, both traditional and non-traditional. Social Work Month offers a great opportunity to pause and reflect on your own experiences while learning about what others “do” in the field. Take advantage of the information presented this month by SP2, NASW, and other organizations that will highlight the important accomplishments of social work professionals, agencies, and programs. Are there stories that resonate with you? Remind you of why you entered the MSW program in the first place? You will have a wealth of information at your fingertips this month. Put these resources to good use and learn, set goals, then educate and inspire others.