my career in social services..
Have you ever considered a career in social services? To work in the field of social services means you will dedicate your effort toward promoting the welfare of others. Positions in this field include education, medical care, and housing.
Working in this field can be very rewarding on a personal level. This field requires you to be in services of others for the benefit of the community. People in this field are often recognized for being caring and have an ability to work with a wide range of people.
Meet Jessica Marca. Jessica has a gentle heart, willing to listen, and eager to learn. When I first met Jessica, I was impressed with her approachable demeanor, and welcoming personality. Jessica is on her way to becoming a Child Social Worker.
If you are interested in working with children and have a passion for helping others, read more about Jessica's story and her advice for working as a Child Social Worker.
Work it wednesday:
Child social worker intern
1. How did you choose your career?
After college, I started working with children who had developmental disabilities. This job helped me to realize I had a passion for working with children.
2. In your opinion, what would you say are the top three characteristics/traits to be successful in your career?
The top three traits that have helped me in my career have been perseverance, my passion, and my self-motivation.
3. What do you find most rewarding about your career?
The most beneficial part of my job is knowing that I am making a positive impact on the families and children I work with.
4. How would you rate your income?
My income is okay for right now, but I’m expecting to earn more once I finish my Master’s degree.
5. Is this what you always wanted? If not, how did you land into it?
No, I had no experience with kids before I started my job. I had just finished my Bachelor’s degree and wanted a job that required a Bachelor's. After researching autism and asking lots of questions at my job, I found my niche.
6. What is your background? Did you have to go to school for what you are doing?
My background is in psychology. I am currently getting my Master’s in Social Work as I could not move up in my job without a Master’s degree.
7. What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to be in your field?
The best advice I can give to someone is to remember that helping others isn’t always easy. So, at the end of a hard day, focus on the positive seeds you have planted. When you are aware of your skills and what you have done to help someone, it will help keep your head up in this field.
8. Being a busy woman, what do you like to do on your free time?
In my free time I love going swimming, running, spending time with animals, trying new foods, and watching funny movies.
9. What do you value most in a career? Ex. Money, fun, work life balance?
In my career, I highly value support from my coworkers. It is essential to have people that can understand and listen during hardships that may happen with clients in the social service field. Secondly, I value a career that can compensate me financially for my hard work, as well as help me grow in my field.
10. Do you have any other goals you strive to achieve?
Some other goals I hope to achieve in my future are becoming a licensed clinical social worker, as well as expanding my experience in the politics and advocating for an overlooked population.
11. What is the greatest lesson you have learned? What would you do differently if given a second chance?
The greatest lesson I have learned is to not catastrophisize failures. I was rejected the first year I applied to my Master’s program. I was heartbroken and disappointed in myself. The following year, I was more prepared and had more experience to write from, and I ended up being accepted into both Master’s programs I applied to. If I was given a second chance, I would not have taken my rejection so harshly, and should have seen my rejection as a time to grow professionally.
12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself debt-free from college, being promoted as a clinical supervisor in my field, and hopefully on my way to buying a house.