Your social work career
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Thinking of starting a social work career? Find out more about social work qualifications, professional registration & salary expectations.
We outline the typical social work career path.
Since the title of ‘social worker’ is a protected one, you will need to gain certain qualifications before you can practice.
To set yourself apart from other newly qualified social workers, you will need be proactive in seeking out opportunities. Here’s a few things you might want to think about.
Placements are a vital part of any social work degree - they allow you to gain real-life insight and experience. They also give you the opportunity to learn from more senior social workers.
Each year, the Department for Education, at universities and colleges throughout England, runs Step Up to Social Work. It is an intensive,14-month, full-time programme to train social workers.
Could you make a difference to the lives of people with mental health issues? Think Ahead is a fast-track route to a career as a mental health social worker.
There are four regulators in the UK. Since your registration doesn’t automatically transfer between the regulators, you must be registered with correct one for the region you wish to work in.
This guide will help you to prepare that all-important CV. It’ll help you identify the skills and keywords to include and advise you on the best structure.
What are the personal qualities of a great social worker? It’s easy to simply list a variety of adjectives, but why are they are important and how can you reference them effectively on your CV and in an interview situation?
First job and interviews
Find out more about the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment and why it can help newly qualified social workers.
We share advice for how you can successfully prepare for your next social work interview.
How do you make sure you impress the employer on the day? How do you keep your answers concise? What should you ask? Download our guide for some key pointers.
What do you need to do ahead of the big day? Our interview guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Social workers have great interpersonal skills. Find out how you can showcase your skills to hiring managers in your next social work job interview.
So, you were able to answer all of the recruiter’s questions and you know that your CV matched the job description. But are you sure that your body was telling the same story?
Here's some tips to ensure that you are reflecting on your social work interview constructively.
There’s plenty you can do to take control of your career.
Have you thought about what you should take with you to ensure that your first day goes smoothly?
We’ve created a handy list of pointers to make it easier for you to fit into your new social work team.
We look at what you could expect from your career and how we can help you at every step of the way.
As social services continue to invest in multi-agency working, there are more career opportunities than ever before for specialist MASH social workers.
Here’s a few tips to maintain peer learning as a locum...
Have you considered how you can use mentoring to boost your career?
It’s important to take a holistic perspective when it comes to career progression.
We share how to assess candidates, decide who should be part of the interview panel and manage interview feedback.
If you have applied for a leadership role (or are thinking of applying), then you may be wondering what questions you could be asked during an interview.
Switching between roles or services
Let’s look at how easy it is to switch to a career in social work.
We’ve brought together some advice from our candidates and employers as to what makes a great social work manager.
We discuss the positive opportunities and potential pitfalls of returning to a previous employer.
If your manager is demanding, you may want to employ some of the following coping strategies.
How can you know if the next role is right for you and your career?
Social work policy and practice is constantly evolving, so how do you return from a career break?
Here are some of our top tips to help you re-energize yourself and re-discover your passion for social work!
General careers support
We discuss how to improve relationships with colleagues when they become difficult.
We take a light-hearted look at some common office politics.
In the social work profession, it’s how you deal with your mistakes that matters.
Our tips on maintaining and updating your CPD log with Social Work England.
We asked our candidates to share some of their top CPD tips.
It’s important that as social workers, we understand what the most popular apps are used by teenagers and young people.
It’s important that as social workers, we understand apps could be used to target vulnerable adults. We also discuss some apps which could improve your practice.
We share some tips to help you feel confident in knowing how to spot a potential phishing scam or cyber breach.