DUE TO THE HUGE ATTENTION ON UNEMPLOYMENT AT THE MOMENT, PLEASE DO COMMENT ON THIS POST. ALL COMMENTS APPRECIATED
Based on experience: Even if circumstances appear factual, a lot has been changed/altered (except direct quotes).
There are some of you who will know, either through me mentioning it on twitter (@Andrew_Ellery), or from me mentioning it elsewhere, that I was recently unemployed. Not for long I must add (or feel the need to add), and I kept myself busy with some freelance pieces of work and the odd bits and pieces that came my way. Having said that, there was a time when I literally had no work at all, and had to make my way to the jobcentre to sign on (I expected lots of computers with a bubbly lady inviting me to her CV workshop… quite the opposite actually). I have said it pretty publicly (on TV), that this experience was one of the most demoralising and humiliating times of my life. I must also note here that, although I came across many oppressive people and processes, I also came into contact with some incredibly nice and dedicated jobcentre staff, who were nothing but absolute angels.
So, I can see by my search terms on here that some people, who seem to be looking into studying social work/social care, are finding their way to my blog. If I find time to get a website built, I will upload some of the materials I have used when speaking to people who want to go into social care. From my post prior to this, you saw what my degree included, and whilst there are similarities in degree courses, the content also varies from university to university, and of course from undergraduate to postgraduate degree courses.
This post was inspired by a search engine term that took someone to this blog. They searched ‘everything thats in a social work degree’. I have to say, this took me back to when I was thinking about studying social work as quite obviously it was the content that made me want to pursue the course. I remember I applied for social work at a number of universities, and ‘youth work with public health‘ at another. My enthusiasm for community work, engaging groups of people, voluntary participation and informal education prompted my second course choice, but ultimately social work was the career for me.