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.
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Joseph De Luca – Online MSW Student
I have always enjoyed customer service jobs. I have worked in many different positions. Tech support, warehouse job, and even sales. I never got a full satisfaction in these types of jobs. I felt out of place when I was working in these environments.
Several friends have told me that they couldn’t do online school because it would be difficult to stay motivated.
Going into a graduate program, especially an online one, it is possible to focus just on homework and ignore time for yourself, friends, and family.
Going in to the internship, the main thought may be to get experience and hours. However, it is also a great opportunity to network. Using the field work placement for networking makes it a more joyful and fulfilling experience.
Pursuing a Master’s degree is great. As wonderful and challenging as it can be, it can also be exhausting without having support from others. As a grad student, you need a support system. In social work, we focus on the clients’ social support system.
Part of the online experience is discussion boards. These can be done either written or video recorded. When you enroll into the MSW program, there is a student code of contract that needs to be reviewed and signed.
One of the reasons that I wanted to pursue a Master’s Degree was to gain more employment opportunities.
You may be wondering how difficult a Master’s Degree might be or what kind of things you should expect. A Master’s Degree can be burdensome but it can be accomplished if you are determined enough to finish once you start. You may feel that 18 months or 2 years is a long time.
Are you busy with life and want to have time to earn a Master's Degree? OLLU hasmany qualities that make it possible to earn a Master's even if you are busy. Some advantages are a simple schedule and flexible times.
The most rewarding, yet challenging, experience in the MSW curriculum is the practicum. Initially, I was concerned about finding an internship that met the requirements and fit into my schedule.
You are probably wondering why there isn’t a capstone to do for OLLU. I was required to do a capstone for my undergrad while doing an internship. Let me tell you that was not an easy process.
Every class in my online MSW program that I have taken thus far has focused on working with the Hispanic population. I have learned principles that all social workers should know when working with Hispanic clients.
Throughout the online Masters of Social Work program, I have strengthened my research skills. The classes require scholarly articles to be cited in discussion posts and papers. By this point in the program, I can find a relevant article with ease.