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Opportunities as a MSW

One of the reasons that I wanted to pursue a Master’s Degree was to gain more employment opportunities. There are jobs that you can do at a Bachelor’s level but most jobs require a Master’s. I felt frustrated that the majority of positions wanted a Master’s since I didn’t have one. Being close to graduation, I feel more prepared for jobs that do require a Master’s and I feel my possibilities of gaining employment have heightened. Once you have a Master’s, you can do Home Health and in some states do therapy as well. Where I live I need to take a licensing test in order to do therapy but it’s been a long term goal that is finally becoming a reality.

Another good thing you can mention about the online MSW OLLU program is the emphasis that it places on working with the Hispanic population. Even if you feel you won’t work with Hispanic clients, the principles taught in the program give you a baseline to know how to better work with minorities.

A Master’s in social work is very beneficial since most jobs will require it as part of their qualifications. Of course another benefit of earning a Master’s is having a higher income. With a Master’s you can start your pathway on earning an LCSW. A Master’s in social work not only opens career opportunities, it places you on a higher plane of knowledge that is not gained at the undergrad level. I put into practice the principles that I learned in Our Lady of the Lake’s MSW program more than in my undergrad program. Being an undergrad, you really don’t have the opportunity to apply what you are learning at the Bachelor’s level. Most of what you learn you can’t be applied until you are at the Master’s level. Principles like Motivational Interviewing, CBT techniques, and DBT techniques I utilized in my field but not in my undergrad internship. I thought it was great to learn something new like DBT and then try it out first hand with my clients. I have retained several methods and techniques in my Master’s much better than I did in my Bachelor’s.

Having a Master’s degree brings employment opportunities but also learning achievements. If you want to learn principles which you can actually apply along with creating more chances for landing a job, then you ought to pursue a Master’s degree. I have found that even though the MSW program is additional time in school, it has been a rewarding experience for me. I am a better learner but even a better social worker because of the material taught in OLLU’s MSW program.

About the Author

 OLLU online MSW student Joseph De Luca

I remember taking many personality tests, and always seeing at the bottom "social worker" as a career option. I was surprised that this kept coming up. I eventually looked up what social workers do. I felt like this was my personal calling in life. I also liked that it was not just one field I had to choose from but many different possibilities that I could choose from. I am currently working as a youth mentor and supervisor to teenage boys in a group home. It has been great and challenging. I have also been a medical social worker working in an orthopedic rehab center where I learned to work with patients and their families to ensure both were taken care of. Outside of social work, I love playing early morning basketball with friends. I am married and have 2 beautiful daughters, one is 2 years old and the other will soon be 8 months.