Social Work Students
What else should I think about when picking a prospective employer?
As mentioned above, the employment package that is offered may vary – but you might want to consider some of the following elements when deciding where to work:
- Location – where will you be working/how far will it be to commute/is it too close to home
- CPD – does the employer offer a good range of development and training opportunities to keep your knowledge and skills up to date, and help you progress your career
- Career structure – what are your options for moving up the ladder and building your experience as a social worker
- Flexibility – can you work at different office-bases, or from home (when appropriate); can you access IT systems remotely; can you fit your work around other commitments
- Support – what is the support infrastructure like – is there adequate administrative support, are managers accessible, what are the caseloads like and how are caseloads managed, is there support for staff from minority groups
- Health - what health & wellbeing initiatives do they have in place for their staff, is there an employee health scheme, what else is available e.g. counselling
- Other benefits – what other employee benefits do they offer e.g. car loan scheme, pension, childcare voucher scheme, annual leave allowance, career break scheme.
- What are the different routes into social work?
- How long will it take me to qualify?
- What types of roles could I undertake as a qualified social worker?
- What courses do the Partnership’s three universities offer?
- When will I go on my first placement?
- Will I have a choice about where I do my placements?
- Who will support me whilst I’m on placement?
- How can I prepare for a placement?
- How long will my placements last?
- What about placements in the voluntary sector?
- What contact will I have with the University whilst on placement?
- What about travel costs and expenses?
- Which local employers offer an ASYE programme?
- Where can I find out about ASYE programmes?
- What are the average rates of pay for a newly qualified social worker?
- What else should I think about when picking a prospective employer?
- Where can I get help with job applications and preparing for interviews?
- Where can I go to find out about jobs?