Serving the People: Social Work as a Career in India

New Delhi: In this era, where more and more people run after the glittery world of corporates, we witness a contrasting world with a vision to work for the betterment of the society. Working for the society can be done through different ways, but the purpose always remains the same – impacting lives of people directly or indirectly.

Social work has its impact on various areas of development of a country. Do you know it is considered as one of the most valuable sources of evaluating a country’s progress? So much so that countries like Bhutan have started measuring the growth of their country not on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but the Happiness Index termed as ‘Gross National Happiness’.

A lot of people assume that social work just involves working with NGO’s as a part-time activity. However, little do they know that it has established itself as a full-fledged career option, with brilliant professional opportunities in various government and private institutions.

In this article, I will touch upon various aspects of social work as a career, including leading colleges providing the course and the career prospects attached to it.

What is Social Work?

Social work is an academic discipline of social sciences and humanities where the main focus is to improve the social structure of the society and help the weak and underprivileged people of the community. Social workers work with individual, families and communities, and deal with issues related to social empowerment like poverty, unemployment and education.

Social workers work in varied fields, from working for the upliftment of the poor and oppressed, to working with children with special needs, there are a lot of ways that a social worker can contribute through their work. There are many other kinds as well, and students generally choose their specialisation after working a bit to gain experience in one particular field.

How to Build a Career in Social Work?

To start a career in social work, you will first have to pursue your bachelor’s degree in Social Work, followed by a master’s. However, holding a bachelor’s in Social Work is not a necessary condition, and you can go for a master’s in the field even if you have graduated in any other subject for your bachelor’s.

In India, there are various leading colleges and universities offering these courses.

The course content has core subjects and allied subjects, including basic concepts of Social Work, methods of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Human Growth & Development, etc. These subjects help you gain a holistic perspective of society and the role that a social worker plays to eradicate the problems in it.



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