College Admissions Counselor
Entering college I knew, for a fact, that I’d become a lawyer. I had a knack for arguing, pretty solid reasoning skills, and a desire to make my community a better place. Shortly after beginning down that path, however, I felt that something was missing. I then told myself, “I want to be where the action is! I don’t want to be the guy who steps in after all the hard labor is done. I want to be A PART of the grind.” Then I heard about social work and KNEW it was the program that I needed. It encompassed everything I was looking for: I got to be “down-in-the-trenches,” directly working with individuals, groups, and families, while making my community a better place and helping me to become more culturally-competent and resourceful. I’ve had the pleasure of serving in elementary education, community centers, and (currently) higher education. I now act as a liaison with high schools and as a resource-provider for students who aspire to attend university. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be who/where I am today without first finding myself while completing my BSW.
Anoka County contracted Case Manager - Developmental Disability Unit
I love the macro setting and the policy piece of my work. The big policies that affect my job change every 2-3 months. There’s tremendous energy around this and trying to figure out what we need to do on a broader scale to make sure everyone has what they need and are supported. We’re seeing a lot of care coordinators and social workers being hired to manage peoples’ healthcare needs. Healthcare and medical assistance programs are big areas of opportunity for undergraduate social workers.
Special Projects Coordinator, Office of Gov. Dayton
Watching people realize that they have the power to make big change and to make legislation happen is exciting and energizing. I see opportunities for social workers as community organizing and electoral politics meld together. Not only do we want to get people to vote a certain way, but we want to change their hearts and minds, and to have effective conversations. Social workers have a lot to bring to this area because we’re very relational.
I chose Social Work because I want to help people. Through the Social Work classes and program, I have started to learn the skills I need to interact one-on-one, in a group, and in social policy change. I feel as though I am doing a lot of good through social work and hope to make a difference in the world. If you are empathic, helpful and want to see people become successful then Social Work is the right major for you!
I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my career until I spoke with a social work student, as well as Dr. Ferguson, and took the introductory social work class during my sophomore year. I fell in love with social work's rich and passionate history and knew this was my calling. I have seen how useful social work practice is in all areas of my professional life and how a social work degree gives me the ability to leave my career path open and changeable.
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