The practical skills and work experience gained on a Social Work degree are also relevant to a range of other social care and advice roles . You may need further training/qualifications or specific experience for some of them.
General Options with your subject
Social workers work in a variety of organisations and settings including local authoritiesproviding services for young people or adults, voluntary organisations, charities / 3rd sector, private sector care homes, schools, hospitals and GP practices. Some work in social enterprises - whereby social workers set up their own company and contract for work.
Since September 2012 newly qualified social workers have been supported in their first year of practice by the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). Nearly 2000 NQSWs have benefitted from the programme since the launch. After further training and gaining experience there are many different specialism options within social work open to you. Specialist roles include homelessness officer, day care social worker, education welfare officer, health care social worker and mental health social worker.
Career development may involve a change of role within a specialism, e.g. from child protection to fostering and adoption. It is also possible to transfer from one specialism to another, e.g. from working with children to working with the elderly.
Social work is a profession where promotion is likely to take you away from hands-on work. Three to five years after qualification, it is possible to become a senior practitioner, team or care manager. In this role, you would have responsibility for managing other social workers (resulting in a reduction in direct service user contact) and an increasing involvement in managerial, financial and political issues.
With a practice teaching award, you could become involved in the supervision and management of social work students and less experienced staff.
Events such as the Social Work Fair/Compass Jobs Fair will provide you with opportunities to network and find out more about careers in social work, and you can meet potential employers.