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    Okay, so now i have a dilemma........I used to work in residential treatment, but I left and took a job at a foster care agency as an IL case manager because I had paid my dues, my son was starting school and I couldn't work those crazy hours anymore, and it was just time to move on. So I've been working there for about 8 months now, and I really like my job, but I can't survive off of the pay, which is more than I was making before, but I was getting killer overtime. So I've been looking for a higher paying job because A) I need one, and B) I've been working in social services for 7 years and I'm sick of entry level work. I need a challenge.

    Here lies the dilemma.......My regional director found out I had been looking for another job (sneaky co-worker ratted me out cause she really wants me to stay, but it's not about her) and is asking her boss if she can promote me to foster care case manager and bump up my pay a couple thousand. The same day, I get a call from this mental health facility (my good friend is a director there and forwarded my resume and gave me a good recommendation) for an interview as a DD case coordinator. It's in Michigan and the pay in Michigan is way better than it is in Indiana. The drive is about the same for me for either job (about 45 min.) but I don't know what I will do if I get offered both positions. On one hand I feel some loyalty to my current employer and would feel bad if I left over money. On the other hand, I got rent to pay, a son to feed and provide for, and really need a better paying job. But would if I take the better paying job and the grass isn't greener on the other side?? I'm excited for the possibility of getting to choose, and for this opportunity finally coming to me, but I don't know what to do.......Oh and did I mention the benefits are 10x better and cheaper in Michigan ^_^

    What would you do?

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    Here lies the dilemma.......My regional director found out I had...

    I don't see anything wrong with going to the job in Michigan for money and benefits.

    Also, I remember you mentioning that you wanted to apply to Michigan's MSW program (or what it the duel degree MSW/MPH program?) I would take the job in Michigan just for that, depending on how far UMich and the job are from each other. The laws of attraction are at work here, I would say.

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    Well......I was offered the job in Michigan and I have accepted the position!! The benefits and the pay are better than I could have imagined! I prayed about it and let God lead the way so whatever happens from here is His will and I will just follow suite!

    But I am super excited :P

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    I have a problem my fellow social workers....how do I beat burnot?? I am so emoitionally exhausted with this career path, I just do not have it any me anymore. The problem is I only have a year and a half to get my LISW license. I don't want to quit seeing as how I am that close. Any ideas on where to get some energy from?

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    ^^Pick a new population to work with. That's what I do. It's easy to get burned out and use your benefit time wisely!!! There are so many populations you can work with, you have to pick the one that you LOVE working with. Every population isn't for every social worker! JMO

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    But I am super excited :P...

    Congratulations!!!

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    I'm about 3months away from qualifying and still going back and forth about if this is the profession for me! speaking to clients, i remember my reasons for wanting to be a social worker but then dealing with colleagues/peers and organisations, i think heck no!

    but i'm not stressing about it and know that whatever happens, this marriage's not over by a long shot

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    Hey everyone.

    I have a few questions regarding the SW field and would like your opinions on some stuff. I will be receiving my AA in June under the general program. I have had numerous majors, but SW was where my heart was/is. I recently decided to take some business classes because I was contemplating Human Resources. However, I seem to always come back to SW, hence my post in this thread. My number one turnoff is the pay. After I told my uncle about my plans to become a Social Worker, he preceded to tell me about the lack of pay and question me on how I could afford to take care of my daughter on such a salary. He, like all of the rest of my uncles, encouraged me to do something in Business. Human Resources was the first thing to jump out at me. Now I'm questioning that decision! I KNOW that I want to be in a position to help others and make a change in my community. I recently started volunteering at a afterschool program for low income families and so far, I love it. On the other hand, I HAVE to be able to provide for my child. She is my number one priority. According to my uncle, I need to put my personal aspirations(My desire to work in the SW field) aside, and go after what will provide the most comfortable life for my daughter.(Business)

    I am at a crossroads, because I will be done with my prereqs in June and have to make a decision so that I can transfer. My personal fulfillment or money.

    That being said, I have a few questions:
    1) Can the Social Work field be lucrative?
    2) Would the amount of money you make depend on the degree granting institution?
    3) How are the employment prospects at this time with the failing economy?
    4) Also, is there a way to gain paid experience? I have researched entry-level positions in the social services field and everything requires a Bachelors. While I don't currently hold a bachelor's, I am in pursuit of it. Any suggestions here?

    Thanks In Advance

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    I have a few questions regarding the SW field and...

    Okay, I am a single mother and I work in social services. You will not make as much in social work as you would business, but in my experience, you have to do what you love. I've tried to do things that pay better, but I hated it, so I went back to what I love. You can make a good living in social work, but you have to work your way up. It's one of those jobs where experience is the best teacher and when you are dealing with a population that is underprivileged, they can spot BS a mile away, so don't think you can come in out of school being upper management and know what your doing.....I mean you can, but it won't be effective, and that's the goal of social work...right? So anywhoo, once you get a license in social work, you have that much more potential to make money. My goal is to be in administration and one day be an executive director, you can make six figures doing that, but my take on it is you have to earn that title. I started on the ground because it was important to me to gain every aspect of the field I could before getting into upper management so that I can better work with those under me and understand what it is they do. Sorry! The amount of money you make has nothing to do with the school you graduated from, it has to do with the state you live in. I live in Indiana but have found that Michigan pays much better, therefore, I found a job in MI. Employment is always plentiful in social work because the turn around rate is high! Just now that entry level does not pay well, because, well, it just doesn't. You have to know your stuff in social work! your talking about working in non-profit so I doubt you will find paid internship. You used to could work in residential treatment or something of that sort without a degree, but even know, they are starting to require it or some years in school, at least in IN they are.

    HTH's, but social work is what it is. You may be able to get in at like a boys and girls club or something like that without a degree or even waiver sites for DD. It's not glamorous, but it will introduce you to a lot and once you obtain your degree, you will already have your foot in the door with some experience. Trust me, you are more marketable with some direct staff or field experience.

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    EVERYONE!
    I am so glad i found this thread. I am in my 4th and final year of my BSW, getting ready to graduate in April and I am soooooo scared! I feel so unprepared. I can't see myself doing anything but social work. I figure, when I graduate, I am gonna do some really grassroots activism and community development while I don't have car payments, mortgages, and families to worry about. I'll only be 21 when I graduate so I'm thinking I have more than enough time.

    The nerves are going crazy! I'm so nervous and scared and excited all at the same time to be done school.

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    I forgot about this thread.

    Anyways, I am job searching and have my first interview tomorrow.

    My graduation date is April 25th, I will have my MSW...

    I love my internship but I can't see myself doing home-base, mandated by law counseling forever. I think its a good entry job because I can make my own hours (if I had children) but I know there are agencies out there with better benefits.

    My concern is applying for my Limited License. How long does it take to obtain this? I Want to take my licensure exam after graduation also and then get the hours to get my license.

    Any thoughts!

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    Social Work does not pay well. It takes a while to get to "the other side" such as administration, public policy, clinical social work, grant writing, etc. I have found that children protective services pays better, but most people do not want to do that long term do to the very high stress involved. In my City there are four places that pay well. They are the hospitals, the county agencies(cps services), Veterans Administration and the State of Ohio. Everywhere else starts in the high 20s to low 30s. Most of this work is case mangement as well.

    I can tell you doing what you love is important, however not being stressed due to money is as well. I will speak for me, after a while the whole "change the world,help people thing" started to burn me out(as I am now) and once I became a mother I wanted to be able to give most of my emotional and physical energy to my son, Not to other's people or the kids they failed to raise due to what in most cases boils down to be bad choices. May sound harsh, but it has been true in my experience. So, right now I am in the process of making a change.

    There are other fields besides social work that assist in communities, and help people while paying more money. Have you looked into any of those??

    ETA: Where you graduate from does not seem to matter much. As long as you have the credentials.

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    I'm almost done with my first year of SW school!

    WildlyBeautiful: I'm currently at my field placement at an HIV clinic doing case management, and I have to say that I'm not even done with school yet and I'm already burned out in doing case management. My long-term goal is to run a nonprofit, and I think that I should focus more on administration, grant writing, etc. I also want to take a few more clinical courses so that I can have the option of getting my LCSW and do direct practice within my nonprofit. I was just accepted into a dual-degree program with the Mailman School of Public Health here at Columbia. I applied because I'm interested in both social work and public health, but I feel that having these two Masters degrees will be more beneficial to me in the long run because I can lend myself into two different fields. If you think you may have an interest in another field, I would say look into that. I think the income range would depend on the field of whatever you decide to do, and the skills that you've acquired in SW can also lend themselves to other fields.

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    WildlyBeautiful: I'm currently at my field placement at an HIV...

    I have been looking into several fields. One being becoming a librarian. Mostly though, I would love just to be able to get into grant writing, policy, assessment side of things. I have looked into doing it here, but it has just been so hard where I am. Most of the jobs here are case management in one form or another, and it just gets to be to much after a while. I am doing therapy right now, and that is okay but not where I want to be in the long run. I am trying to hang in there the next 1.5 years so that I can finish getting my LISW and then hopefully, prayfully that will open up more doors to what my real skill set/talents are.

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    I'm supposed to graduate in 2 more semesters with my BSW. this is the hardest semester ever and its just going by so fast.

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    I've just completed my first year of grad school. I've learned a lot about myself and learned very valuable skills. It's been very rewarding, yet at the same time I can see how social workers can get burned out. What's made it more challenging for me was having a field placement while attending class at the same time. Next year I'll be at the school of public health here at Columbia, to start the dual-degree process I'm in. I'll be taking one social work course next semester on HIV and social work.

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    I just wanted to provided words of encouragement to you all. Just hang in there and time will go by so fast and you will be done. I graduate from the MSW program on tomorrow!! I started the program part-time in June 06 and cannot believe how fast time flew. Good luck to all of you!

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    Please don't get mad. Ok. So I just started my junior year of social work and I love it but it isn't giving me that... demand that I was looking for. All I have ever wanted to do was help people and I have that now but I want more. I was looking into what else is out there when I came across the Social Work and Law dual degree programs that are out there and I felt like they are what I have been looking for. I am such a workaholic, I love drive, challenge and demand. Looking at the programs, they seems to fit what I want but now I don't know which I want. One is LL.M/M.S.W (Master's is social work with a Master's in the "Understanding of Law") and the other is J.D/M.S.W (Law degree with Master's in Social Work). Part of me wants the full law degree but why go through all of that to be a social worker and not practice law but then what if I am not satisfied with the other? My couselor is really no help because he tells me he feels like I should just get a law degree and forget social work. He actually had the nerve to tell me that I am not pushing myself to my full potential. Like social work doesn't require as great a mind as any other field. I know he didn't mean it like that, because he also has a degree in social work, but I know that social work is where I want to be. I simply want to give everything that I can in it. Any advice?

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    Please don't get mad. Ok. So I just started my...

    MSW/JD is your best bet. It's possible for you to do both upon graduation, but most folks who do it usually pick one or the other. There are those, however, who combine both - i.e. law guardian for children.

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    I also wanted to get my MSW/JD.

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    Has anyone every considered getting a PhD in social work? And if you do have your PhD in this field, can you speak more about your experience?

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    Has anyone every considered getting a PhD in social work?...

    Yes I plan on getting my PhD in soc. work. I just applied for the Masters program at the University of Louisville, I plan to specialize in School Social Work. I should be hearing back mid Nov. or beginning of Dec.. That is a 2yr program and the PhD is an addition 3 (2 years course work).

    I am so excited!!

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    Thought about it on and off. If so, not for at least the next 5-15 years. More experience makes the Ph.D better to manage.

    Has anyone every considered getting a PhD in social work?...

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    I am SOOOOO excited!! I got my acceptance letter today to the Kent School of Social Work!!!!

    I cannot wait!!!

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    ^^^^ Congrats!!

    I am currently looking into getting a PhD in Social Work, but am also thinking of PhD in Public Administration and Policy, and EdD in Educational Studies.

    Does any have any insight to offer? It would be greatly appreciated.

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    Congrats PHIre4.

    I currently work as a Foster Care Casemanager. Initially I did not want the job, but I am glad I did, as the other agency's had to let workers go due to budget cuts. Some of the programs I was interested in being in was shut down by the state, as funding for prevention services were cut.

    However, this is not my dream job. I am seeking other opportunities in my area, which is very few.

    Anyone else feel like they are not where they want to be at this point?

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    dang! i knew i had posted in here a while back but i didn't think it was that far back! anywho! i just finished up my first semester in my MSW program... i'm so glad i found this thread again, it feels like home

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