What Social Work Means to Me

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A Student Veteran in Social Work

As a female Veteran with service connected disability, I ended up working in the non-profit, human services field with different types of experience. With one prior degree in church work, I ended up in the MSW program as a Veteran in graduate Social Work school. I ended up seeing the professionalism, and recieved assistance from amazing social workers of all types, so I ended up backing into the social work profession, but I have ended up loving the social work profession, and know full well that both experience with clients, and what we learn in class both have places in this amazing historically beautiful field called social work. Hopefully you are having a good social work month.

Heidi Olsen more than 4 years ago

Continue to be resilient!

Awesome social work story! I can relate - social work is my way of life. I also agree that being resilient and nurturing resilience in those we help is of vital importance. Also practicing self-care regularly and having a social work mentor as you progress in your career helps to prevent burnout.

Susan Paul more than 4 years ago

Well done!

I agree wholeheartedly! The ability to help others is both a privilege and a blessing. Working as a helping professional/ social worker has given so much back to me!

Susan Gallardo, LCSW more than 4 years ago


Proud of you, Holli! Great Article!

Ann Crandell-Williams more than 4 years ago


This article embodies everything that I feel and felt when I first started in this field! Beautifully written, I can feel your passion Holli! Welcome to our wonderfully dynamic profession!!

Rebecca Corpas-Galisa, LSW more than 4 years ago

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