What do your family and friends think about your choice of career?
My mum, who has been a carer for the elderly all her life said she is very proud of me, but she does worry due to the very emotive nature of the career and the danger of burnout.
She also expressed her worry over the public’s perception of social workers and the picture that is painted in the media of us, which facilitates the notion of being damned if we do, dammed if we don’t.
Overall, my family and friends are so very supportive and are happy that I am dedicating my life towards helping and supporting others.
I feel incredibly lucky to have the support network that I do.
Tell us a bit about BASW’s social work ambassador scheme.
(The BASW is the professional association for social work and social workers)
The aim of the BASW student ambassador scheme is to provide an essential channel between social work students and BASW itself, ensuring that BASW is representing the voice of social work students nationally and even internationally. BASW’s ambassadors aim to provide social work students with a more holistic and informed understanding of how BASW can assist and support people who have chosen social work as a vocation.
Our diverse team of student ambassadors aim to capture the voices of social work students so that their ideas and concerns can be shared, and their reflections and experiences illuminated.
Why did you become a student ambassador?
Having myself experienced life and its challenges and having not always found it an easy journey, I have developed an insight which has driven me to be motivated toward changing my life direction but also toward supporting others.
Covid has brought about a time of immense adaptation, challenge and even trauma, and for many, this continues to be the case.
The opportunity therefore to be a part of sending a message which embodies unity and promotes interconnectivity is something that I really connect with and feel passionately about.
I believe that we as social workers share values and experiences which are profound, and at times, life changing, yet we often do so through that of a computer screen or even in isolation.
Therefore, the chance to help build a scheme which will illuminate a network whereby our mutuality, connection and shared human experiences are shared is what motivated me to become involved with the scheme.
The student ambassador position, as a part of my social work career, will enable me to give back to others through taking the next step in a personal journey in which I can and want to empower others. Through connection and a kind heart I feel I will be able to help in bringing about positive change to others.