Career Enjoyment: social worker
Social work involves providing support to individuals or groups who are experiencing problems. The nature of social work varies on a case-by-case basis, such as providing support when dealing with housing issues, identifying children at risk of abuse, or being an advocate in disputes. This career tends to have salaries in the range £25-35k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has an earnings potential that is near to the national average.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: inspiring and empowering others, helping people take control of their lives, achieving things for clients, problem solving, seeing changed lives.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: burnout, stress, dogmatic colleagues, deadlines, interruptions, paperwork, billing, isolation, lack of resources, lack of quiet time, feeling tired, lack of support.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - social worker - was 4, making it slightly more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Feeling than Thinking.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: listening to other people's concerns; following defined procedures; maintaining good relationships; developing other people.
Any dark segments would indicate styles where there is less demand than normal. However, there aren't any - which suggests that you have to be able to use all the styles (at different times).
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.