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Title: WHY STUDY SOCIAL WORK? : UNDERSTANDING THE EXPERIENCE OF CHOOSING SOCIAL WORK AS A MAJOR
Authors: CHEN MIN JOANNE
Keywords: Social work education
Social worker
Recruitment
Motivations
Concerns
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: CHEN MIN JOANNE (2014). WHY STUDY SOCIAL WORK? : UNDERSTANDING THE EXPERIENCE OF CHOOSING SOCIAL WORK AS A MAJOR. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Given the changing needs of Singapore society, the demand for social workers has been increasing. Despite various measures to increase the talent pool of social workers, recruitment has not picked up considerably. Earlier research has shown that individuals are drawn to study social work and eventually become social workers for different, and sometimes, complex reasons. They too have different concerns when making this decision. Thus, for recruitment campaigns to be successful, it is of paramount importance to address and focus on the ideals and reasons that attract and incline individuals to choose social work, and also to look at dealing with the concerns that they have. As such, this qualitative study aimed to discover the motivations and concerns of two different groups of first year social work students in National University of Singapore. Firstly, students with the intention of becoming social workers, and secondly, students who are still uncertain about whether they will eventually become social workers. All respondents indicated multiple motivations and concerns. Next, this study draws attention to the complexity of the decision making process by showing that students' motivations and concerns are a result of interactions between the individual's existing attributes and the different systems in his or her life. These findings have implications for the recruitment of social workers as well as the development of the social work degree curriculum.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/189123
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