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The name social work often implies voluntary service. This might make one feel as to what kind of career option does one have visa-avis social work.
Most colleges have a National Service Scheme (NSS) Progarmme. While the degree of activeness may differ from college, I would be a good idea to participate in short term or even more intensively in long-term projects. The work would involve taking up projects like tree panting, visiting social welfare organization, fund raising, organizing blood donation camps, etc. Being a student the time factor needs not deter you from actually going out there and gaining valuable experience. You can utilize your after-college hours to great advantage.
There are types of voluntary work, which one can do; there are organizations, which run centers for the handicapped, the aged and the destitute. You could read aloud books or newspapers to the inmates, help organize private donations of books, clothes and toys, or just spend some time cheering up or playing with the inmates.
Career Options:
In order to join a course in Social Work, it is advisable to start early and preferably with a Humanities background. Secondly, it is also advisable that the person should have a knack to help people and not look at it as a mere profession. After successful completion of the course, one has multiple options in terms of job and vocation. It depends on the candidates as to what suits him better.
Job Opportunities:
After passing out from college, one can choose various options for job and each sector is equally promising. It depends on how well you score at a particular field or organization. Some of the places are listed below, where job opportunities are available:
Bullet Government Sector
Bullet Non-Government Organizations
Bullet International Initiatives.
The business of consultancy is a growing phenomenon. People after attaining considerable experience, go in for consultancy for a particular field. The work involves guidance to social workers, offering them with skills and expertise in planning procedures. The honorarium given to consultants is quite high and the person has flexibility of work.
Career Prospects:
As social work emerged as a profession very recently so there is no clear-cut career graph. But with large-scale participation of various Non Government Organizations, the career prospects of a professional social worker is increasing. Even the government sector is putting in a lot of money especially for the development of various rural development projects. Emerging fields like ecological development and awareness, community development, forestation and AIDS education are some of the new areas, which are opening up.
There is no composite pay parity vis-à-vis Social Work. Estimates says that for a fresh post-graduate in MSW, joining a NGO would fetch a salary of Rs. 4000 per month and the figure would increase with experience and performance.
Master Degree in Social Work:
1. Tata Institute of Social Work (M.S.W), Sion Trombay Road, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
2. Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi, University road, Delhi-11007
3. J.K. Institute of sociology and Human Relations, Lucknow University, Lucknow (U.P.)
4. Institute of Social Sciences, Kashi Vidhyapeeth, Varanasi (U.P.) 5. Bombay Labor Institute, Gooidj Keri Road Nai Gaum, Dadar, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
5. National Institute of Social Sciences, Bangalore (Karnataka)
6. St. Xavier's Institute of Labor Relations, Mumbai (Maharashtra) 8. Institute of Social Sciences, University of Agra, Agra (U.P.) 9. Jamila, Milla Islamia, New Delhi.
Bachelor Degree Courses in Social Work (BA/BSW)
1. Andhra University, Vishakhapatanam-530 003 (Andhra Pradesh)
2. Bharatidasam University, Palkalai Perur Tiruchirapalli - 620624 (Tamil Nadu)
3. Karnataka University, Pavate Nagar, Dharwad-580 003 (Karnataka)
4. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra-132 (Haryana)
5. Nagpur University, Rabindra Nath Tagore marg, Nagpur- 440001, (Maharashtra)
6. Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur Distt - 522510 (Andhra Pradesh)
7. North Maharashtra University, NH NO 6, ITI Hostel Jalagaon-425001 (Maharashtra)
8. Punjabi University, 119, Patiyala-147 002 (Punjab)
9. Lucknow University, Badshah Bagh, Lucknow Bagh - 226007 (U.P)
10. Madras University, Centenary Building, Chapauk, Triplicane, Chennai-600 005 (Tamil Nadu)
11. Mangalore University, Managalagangotri-547 199 (Karnataka)
12. Rabindra Bharati University, Emerald Bower Campus -56/A B T Road, Calcutta- 700 050 (W. Bengal)
13. Shivaji University, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur- 416 004 (Maharashtra)
14. Shree Venkateshwara University, Tirupati - 517 502 (A. P.)
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