Video:Day in the life: Social workerwith Nazly Jordan
A social worker does not only need to be caring but also need to have good skills in time management and networking. Check out what goes on in a day in the life of a social worker.See Transcript
Transcript:Day in the life: Social workerHi, I am Nazly Jordan for About.com and today I am going to take you along in my job as a social worker.
Social Workers Can Be Independent ProvidersI decided to be a fee-for-service social worker which means I get hired by different agencies so I am an independent provider. I work for myself. I usually get my cases from different agencies by email or over the phone. My day starts very early in the morning. I get up around eight o'clock and check to see if I have any cases. I try to get prepared the night before but sometimes there are extra cases that just appear in the morning. I get all my paper work ready and get mentally ready to start my day.
A Social Worker's Schedule Depends on the CaseMy days can be long. I have to arrange my schedule depending on the families' schedule. Many parents work so I will have to do my visits after five o'clock. I work everywhere in the city. So I could go to Queens, Brooklyn or Manhattan. It all depends where they need me.Once I get to the family's home I enter the home and usually have my interview with the mom, dad or primary care giver of the family. I ask them several questions, I assess their environment and try to figure out what they need. I also test the child. I am able to see what the child is supposed to be doing depending on his/ her age.
Being a social worker has its high points and low points. Just this morning I visited a family when its children were removed due to allegations of abuse. That was very heart breaking. But in the afternoon when I visited another family I was able to help them. This family needed only resources and I was able to point them into the right direction to get that extra plate of food they needed. And that was great. My day usually ends with a lot of paperwork. Not only do I have to write reports for all the visits I have made that day, but I also have to follow up. If a family needs a specific service, I have to look for it and need to put them into the right direction.
The Social Work Job Involves PaperworkThere's a lot of work involved in being a social worker. Social worker can be a very stressful job. We get a lot of cases and we have a lot of paperwork to do. A social worker needs time to move away from the day-to-day stress of the job. I like to do sports. I like to run and to work out and spend some time with friends. Just to get me away from the day-to-day stress.
If you want more information about social worker or other careers, check out About.com.
About videos are made available on an "as is" basis, subject to the User Agreement.