By Daniel Jacob, MSW
As we honor National Social Work Month, I thought it would be fitting to share some words… There was a period in my life when my direction was far from having a career as a social worker. In retrospect, it is so fitting that I had to be empowered along the way, moving towards self-determination in order to find my true calling, helping others change for the better! I can say with my whole heart that I am proud to be a social worker, and I welcome every opportunity that presents itself to share, expose, and advocate for the profession that has given me so many wonderful lessons and experiences.
I can give you many reasons why social workers are important, but what I really want to share is how this profession helps those in need, as well as those who serve. I have always maintained that there is no greater feeling than when you see “change for the better” happen right in front of you. That moment where the individual (or family) you are supporting gets it, and thus the door towards opportunity has been opened. To be part of this outcome is empowering, and the mutual process that transpires for both parties is truly rewarding for all. Yes, of course there are tremendous challenges, obstacles and barriers involved with this work, but this in itself is just another opportunity to utilize your skill sets, training, experience and wisdom to help you grow and further develop.
I love being a social worker, having the opportunity to continue to evolve and work on my craft, while improving my personal and professional self (in order to better serve those in need) is inspiring. Having the ability to facilitate change for the better, an outcome that can transform for years, on to others and within communities and organizations is powerful. This profession is not for all as we know, but for those that it is, there are no further words needed other than I am proud to be one! Until we meet again be well to yourself, because when you are, your impact on those you serve will be as well!
Photo Credit: National Association of Social Workers