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Social Work as a Career

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Social Work (Humanities/Social Science)
Social Work’s main goal is to work for the welfare of society, communities and individuals, especially for the underprivileged. Professionals who carry out the social work are termed as Social Workers. The field of social work spans across multiple career options. .
Career Path
Post 12th Grade
Eligibility for Bachelor degree:
10+2 or equivalent with 40% - 55% marks
Courses
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)/ BA (Social Work)

Other Courses
Diploma/ Certification in Social Work
Diploma in Rural Management
Duration
Bachelor degree: 3 years

Diploma: 6 months to 2 years
Top Colleges
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
University of Delhi, New Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai
Xavier Institute of Labor Relations, Mumbai
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
Banasthali Vidyapith, Jaipur
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat
Internship/Training
Internship in social work is as important a part of the curriculum as theory papers. This field is practice-oriented and this experience can only be gained if students learn to interact properly with individuals, groups and communities. You can also work as a Volunteer in NGOs, government agencies etc.
Scholarships
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai offers scholarships for students
Rehab MSW Scholarship Program for the students of IGNOU MSW Program
Opportunities for Further Studies
Master of Social Work (MSW)/ MA (Social Work) - 2 years
BSW/ Graduation (any discipline) with 40% to 55% marks
Graduation (Social Science) gets preference

M.Phil. (Social Work)
MSW/ MA (Social Work) with 50% to 55% marks

Ph.D. (Social Work)
MSW
MA (Social Work)
M.Phil. (Social Work)
(with 50% to 55% marks in each of the degrees)

Skills/Competencies
Empathy, Persuasion and Listening Skills Knowledge of community resources
Problem-solving skills
Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
Ability to get along with the team
Management Skills
Positive work attitude
Ability to work under pressure
Long-hour field work and extensive traveling
Organization skills
Career Prospects
Social worker (Medical social worker, Psychiatric social worker, Family social worker)
Teacher and Researcher
Labor Welfare Specialist
Case manager/Public Policy advisor/Policymakers
Child protection officer
Public health administrator
Community development manager
Scope/Recruiting Industries
Hospitals, Clinics and Counseling Centers
Prisons and Correction Cells
Education Sector
NGOs, Old Age Homes and Human Rights Agencies
Policy and Advocacy work
HR and MNCs
Community Development Projects, State and Local Government Departments
Tentative Starting Salary Range
The remuneration in this field mostly depends upon the organization in which one works, their experience and the area of work. One could get an initial pay of Rs. 7,000 to 9,000 per month depending on the organization, initially.
Referred links/Resources
http://www.rehabindiafoundation.org/home/content/msw-scholarship-and-stipend-programme

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