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To ask whether anyone has changed career from social work to something else

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Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 20:33:56

And if so what career have they gone into and how did you do it? I am struggling in my current career at the moment and finding things very stressful especially with a family

SoleSource Sat 26-Apr-14 20:38:42

Why do you not like being a SW?

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 21:00:37

I didnt say I dont like it but I am struggling with it at the moment and would like a career change

MrsDeanAmbrose Sat 26-Apr-14 21:06:17

It's not the most family friendly profession. What area of social work do you work in? If in children's, how about looking at school based, or pastoral? A lot of social workers I know have worked shifts for the NSPCC on their helplines in the past (they almost universally hated it but it worked well with family commitments).

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 26-Apr-14 21:07:06

Have you thought about changing teams? LD team was fab.

wherethewildthingis Sat 26-Apr-14 21:13:17

A lot of academies are recruiting in house social workers which is less money but fits in well with family commitments

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 21:39:19

Im currently in referral and assessment

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 21:39:38

working with children

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 21:40:47

I know someone who worked with the NSPCC additionally he was bullied by his manager there.

MrsDeanAmbrose Sat 26-Apr-14 21:54:41

Serendipity that doesn't surprise me about the NSPCC, have heard similar.

What about voluntary agencies?

Are you wanting to move away from social work completely, and retrain, or just get out of frontline?

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 22:30:44

I would really like to move away from frontline work as my work life balance is terrible and I am a single parent.

birdmomma Sat 26-Apr-14 22:34:12

Yes, I changed career. I find social work hugely stressful for a number of reasons including poor supervision. I already had a speech therapy degree as well and I moved to this career after a 10 year break. Never regretted it. I wouldn't recommend social work to anyone.

littleblackno Sat 26-Apr-14 22:57:41

I'm always looking for new jobs -I work with adults. Trouble is my current hours fit in well with family life and its unlikely I'd earn the same salary in anything else. I'm a single parent too so can't really afford a big drop.
Ideally I'd like to go into teaching (uni level) but don't know where to start and my local uni doesn't seem to have any jobs going.

I recently inherited a decent amount of money, I keep thinking this could give me the chance to do something else- but WHAT? ??

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 22:59:00

It is very stressful and it doesn't help with the intense dislike most people have for us. I really need to change course before i burn out. Thank you so much for your reply's so far

Serendipity30 Sat 26-Apr-14 23:00:38

Well my hours are not family friendly and it is highly unlikely that I will ever inherit any money. I have no idea what to do.

littleblackno Sat 26-Apr-14 23:15:39

Sorry I didn't mean to sound smug or anything. My dad died so I'm trying to make something positive from what he left me.

I know what you mean about burn out. I was off for a month over xmas with stress (mainly caused by a bullying manager). I've moved jobs now but its made me realise that although I'm in a good team I just don't really want to do the job.

I'm fed up of telling people they can't have support when I think they should have it. Performance targets (wtf?)
And the changes every 5mins made by senior managers who have no idea what the job actually involves.

Bessymessy Sat 26-Apr-14 23:18:21

Have you thought about teaching either Social work or health and social care or doing a PGCE if studying is an option. What about moving to a different specialism e.g adoption? If you want a complete change of career it might be worth thinking about what you really enjoy doing and what you're good at and see if there's something you can do related to that.

heraldgerald Sat 26-Apr-14 23:22:29

You can always go from sw to a counselling course. It is possible to find charitable funding for fees and do the course a day per week.

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 21:08:35

Thank you everyone you have given me a lot to think about xo

Dolly80 Sun 27-Apr-14 21:58:42

I would recommend changing to a different team, frontline is so draining after a while. Maybe consider a family centre, fostering or something based in a school? Alternativel,if you work for an LA and have any previous experience in another field, seek a different role in house. I know someone who went from front line to an office manager post and has never looked back.

Mintyy Sun 27-Apr-14 22:00:07

Yanbu to ask but this is not an aibu question.

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 23:30:54

Dolly80 thank you so much, thats really got me thinking.

BrianTheMole Mon 28-Apr-14 04:55:56

I would look at changing teams. They do really vary from each other. I used to be in a front line team and have moved into a different team. The hours are better and the stress is less.

candycoatedwaterdrops Mon 28-Apr-14 08:05:09

I second the counselling or therapeutic route. I have just qualified as SWer but my long term goal is to be a psychotherapist. I'm only 25 so I have time.

Obviously you know far more about SW that me but you are obviously in the most stressful SW environment. Would you consider another sector?

Serendipity30 Mon 28-Apr-14 21:53:16

Thank you, you have all given me a lot to think about.

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