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5 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR GRADUATING IN 
SOCIAL WORK
STEP 1 
Always write down your goals. 
“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of 
achievement.”
THE FIVE YEAR PLAN 
– WRITE DOWN 
YOUR GOALS 
Your plan should 
include: 
•A harmonious mix of 
what is important 
outside...
STEP 2 
Know that Your First Job Won’t Be Your 
Last Job 
Think of it as mainly a learning experience
YOU WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT YOURSELF IN 
THE FIRST 5 YEARS OF YOUR CAREER THAN AT 
ALMOST ANY OTHER TIME 
This is the time t...
STEP 3 
•Never Stop 
Learning 
-The journey of 
learning has just 
begun
ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND… 
- School is just the tip of the iceberg 
- You will learn more through hands on, so 
go ahead and ch...
STEP 4 
Get Licensed!
WHY DO YOU NEED 
YOUR LICENSE? 
QUESTIONS TO ASK TO 
GET THE PROCESS 
STARTED 
You have to have your 
license in order to ...
STEP 5 
Start Networking
NETWORKING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS 
This should be an intermediate step in your 5 year 
plan 
If you are just graduating, ta...
RECAP 
1. Write down your goals – 5 year plan 
2. Remember your first job won’t be your last 
3. Never stop learning 
4. G...
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5 Steps to Prepare for Graduating in Social Work

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Learn the 5 things that every social work graduate should know. Find out how to get the best results out of graduating in social work and get a plan together for your future career path.
Learn about 5 year plans, recognizing when a job is the best fit for you, tips on getting licensed and how to best network socially with your peers.
Therapist Development Center is a center dedicated to helping future social workers prepare for exams, develop their future careers, and continuing education opportunities. Learn more about them in this great blog post http://blog.therapistdevelopmentcenter.com/blog/5-things-every-social-work-graduate-should-know

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5 Steps to Prepare for Graduating in Social Work

  1. 1. 5 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR GRADUATING IN SOCIAL WORK
  2. 2. STEP 1 Always write down your goals. “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.”
  3. 3. THE FIVE YEAR PLAN – WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS Your plan should include: •A harmonious mix of what is important outside of your career as well. •It is always important to consider how personal life will mesh with the career side of things as well. •There is always the option of getting help with creating your five year plan. This will be your guide to your future The goals should outline the kind of path you see your self on Take some time to identify what is important for you to accomplish, start with the simple steps like: Getting licensed Becoming a supervisor Making a specific amount of money Etc.
  4. 4. STEP 2 Know that Your First Job Won’t Be Your Last Job Think of it as mainly a learning experience
  5. 5. YOU WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE FIRST 5 YEARS OF YOUR CAREER THAN AT ALMOST ANY OTHER TIME This is the time to learn your skills, likes and dislikes. What environment do you like to work in? Take notes on the kind of leadership that drives you and is supportive rather than punitive.
  6. 6. STEP 3 •Never Stop Learning -The journey of learning has just begun
  7. 7. ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND… - School is just the tip of the iceberg - You will learn more through hands on, so go ahead and challenge yourself - Pick a topic in your emphasis and research it with other of the same interests - Understand that taking on more cases, will only give you more experience
  8. 8. STEP 4 Get Licensed!
  9. 9. WHY DO YOU NEED YOUR LICENSE? QUESTIONS TO ASK TO GET THE PROCESS STARTED You have to have your license in order to advance to supervision More and more jobs require it before even hiring It can mean a pay increase - upwards of 20% in most states You will have more opportunity What is required to get started? How many hours of clinical work are necessary? How many hours of supervision are needed? Any prerequisites necessary? In order to accrue numbers, do you have first become an intern?
  10. 10. STEP 5 Start Networking
  11. 11. NETWORKING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS This should be an intermediate step in your 5 year plan If you are just graduating, take advantage of the relationships you have developed over the years – make a list of 10 people to stay in touch with Keep your network diverse – you don’t want to compete with fellow social workers Try to have everyone in your list add an additional person each month to your networking list Remember, if people need a social worker, they will want someone they know
  12. 12. RECAP 1. Write down your goals – 5 year plan 2. Remember your first job won’t be your last 3. Never stop learning 4. Get licensed  Visit Therapist Development Center here for more information on state requirements 5. Networking is the key to your success

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