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    I feel the same way. I work as a Case Manager at a mental health agency. It's not for me. The "save the world" mentality works for a few months then you see that the problems go beyond anything that you can change.

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    I feel the same way. I work as a Case...

    I too am a case manager with a mental health agency, and you are so right when you say that at first you go in all eager to save every client, but then you quickly realize that most of them dont want to helped, and some are just so far gone that it would take more time than the state alotted to work with the client, and befor you know it you have put in way more than 40-45 hours a week getting burnt out real fast. trust me i have since enrolled back in school to complete my masters not in social work but in education. I want to teach on the collegiate level. this way i am doing what i love and the other person is truly benefiting from my hard work.

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    I too am a case manager with a mental health...

    I have not applied to any Masters program but I am working on it. i too want to teach at the college level. Right now it is between history and English. I also plan to get my PHD. I think there is truth to the saying that people go into certain professions (social work, psychology, psychiatry) to work out their own issues. I come from a family where mental illness is dominant. My mother is schzioprenic. I have had bouts of depression. Through counseling I have learned that I cannot change people. The bright side to mental illness is that each individual can do things to lessen it's impact. The system does not promote that. It promotes people being dependent and doing the same ole ish the same ole way and expecting different results.

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    I'm getting ready to enter my final semester. I've decided to focus on "advanced generalist practice & programming". It's a mixture of administration and direct practice. So far I've been learning about program planning and development, financial management, program evaluation, grant writing, strategic planning, and doing social work from a mezzo and macro level, along with practice work.

    I'm glad I decided on this because it feels more flexible and I can go in any direction. I did casework as my field placement last year, and it was so draining that I purposely chose not to have my final placement that involved case management.

    After graduation I hope to go more into non profit work using the skills that I've mentioned above. I know that the direct practice skills I've learned will be of added benefit. I don't even remember what I initially wrote when I first started in this thread (lol), but I feel that combining my love for sexual/reproductive rights, working with women and girls of color, and social work, I'm sure I will be able to find a good job. I also want to go into consulting.

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    I have not applied to any Masters program but I...

    Amen to that! I have found that nonprofits work in such as way as to not assist people in truly getting free from their issues/problems/generational issues. Most of the time it is a band-aid for the problem. And if you have a true heart to help, it is hard to do that over and over and over and not get burnout and fast. Im not sure if it is a way back from it. If it is, i haven't found it yet.

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    Yeah, I am still seeking other employment. Like I mentioned early I am a case manager in FOSTER CARE for a private agency. The supervisors and our director left all at the same time, now I'm teaching my supervisor what she suppose to do and the new director that has come in is just crazy to me. Plus the state is putting more requirements on it but not providing funding.

    This is not the job for me, thats all I can say. I took the job because the other places I was interviewing for programs shut down due to state cutting the funding.

    Since I been at this job they have given us case managers three bonus and 3 raises, to keep us there.Please note that I have only been at this job for 11 months. I am trying to make it a full year and that way I can keep my benefits and stuff if I transfer departments.

    *sigh*

    LadyBug- at the school I went to the whole program is the Advanced Generalist Perspective and I felt that it was beneficial.

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    I am officially done with social work school! I get my degree on May 19th!

    I have a job interview lined up next week also.

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    I am officially done with social work school! I get...

    Congratulations! I am currently in college to pursue a career in social work! I am so happy that this thread is here. It's nice to know there are others that have the same drive and desire to help the community and society. I want to work primarily with children. I know this is a heart breaking feild but I think the pay off in knowing you helped someone is priceless.

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    How did I miss this thread? LOL! Bump, bump bump!! Fellow social worker checking in.Just got my MSW in May 10 (Yeah!!!) I also getting my degree in Human Sexuality Education (will be done at the end of the summer) and looking forward to jog hunting and searching. After undergrad, I spent some time working as a Child Welfare Worker and won't be going back to that ..probably ever, lol. Not becuase of the work/clients but because the county agency I worked for...soured me on that field, I'll say. I'm trying to do more clinical work, so I can eventually open private practice down the road....

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    I had an interview recently for a senior case manager position with Housing Works, the largest HIV advocacy orgs in the country. The person hiring called today to invite me to come back for a second interview. The job entails overseeing the COBRA case managers as well as doing a lot of advocacy and outreach work alongside the clients. The person doing the hiring told me that they were looking for someone with their Masters that will oversee the BSW employees and will be "groomed" for more leadership within the organization. It fits in well with the MSW area focus I had at Columbia. I won't be doing a ton of case management, which is nice. I also liked the laid-back atmosphere on this particular location for Housing Works. Hopefully I land the job.

    I had my first post-graduation interview back in May and didn't land it, but in the last 3 weeks I've had 5 interviews. Somebody's about to hire my butt.

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    Does anyone has tips on salary negotiations/benefits packages for those of us who are currently in school or currently job seeking.

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    I started out in Child Dev. but I want to do more. So Im starting my Assoc. in Social Work yeah Im starting from the bottom but in about six years I should have my masters. Im just a little concerned that my Gpa from my Child Dev. studies will affect my chances of getting into a Bachelors program. Im gone work my tail off so...wish me luck.

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    Not a social worker or a social work student but I read some of the posts and I want to tell those that say they felt like they aren't making a difference... YOU ARE YOU JUST DON'T GET TO SEE IT MOST OF THE TIME . Getting in touch with a LCSW saved my life and I'll never forget that.

    I had pretty much no one to talk to and no money or insurance to go to the hospital or a therapist. I'm not being a drama queen when I say that getting help saved my life. The LCSW who became my counselor worked through a VA outreach organization. I was dealing with depression and all kinds of other stuff at the time. I had 1 on 1 counseling sessions with her as well as group therapy every week.

    Again to those that are feeling burned out -- or feel unappreciated, I appreciate you ALL.

    THANKS !!!!

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    ^^thank you so much cutie. that really touched me. i know that social work is field I am suppose to be in because I am very passionate about it. but sometimes...I just don't know.

    and sandy you can do it. when I started school I was originally in a 2 year college studying occupational therapy. it wasn't for me. I didn't do too well in my anatomy and phys. class. in fact I failed twice. dropped my average down so low. I transferred to a 4 year college and put my all into school work. and guess what? from that low average and failing grades I was able to raise my grade point average and graduate summa cum laude. so you can definitely do it.

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    I received a job offer today! I will be the senior case manager for the largest HIV/AIDS services organization in the country, at their main headquarters in Brooklyn. I'm so excited. I'll be supervising several people, and I'm a little nervous about that aspect. I know it'll be a tough job, so I'll make sure to learn a lot as just in as much self-care as possible. I start August 30th.

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    My first day on the job is tomorrow. Can we say NERVOUS!

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