White dudes have this thing where they believe your best friend in the world can have opposing political ideas. You’re supposed to be able to have healthy debate and disagreeing shouldn’t harm your friendship.
That’s gross and stupid. Its really easy to say that when all your…
Hardest Things about being a Social Worker:
1. Questioning your own abilities when you get into a conflict with a client, or don’t connect with a client.
2. Worrying about your clients and, at the same time, knowing you can’t be their hero to swoop in and fix everything.
3. Getting yelled…
So far, the best thing about my new job is the experience working with so many different types of people. I’m working for a HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With HIV/AIDS) Subsidy program, so the only real connecting factor is that all of my clients have HIV/AIDS and are low-income.
My youngest client is 30 and my oldest is about 80. I have clients of all genders, sexualities, and marital statuses. Single mothers, single fathers, addicts, artists, refugees, people who are disabled and people who are employed full-time, yada yada yada. I have clients who live in studios and one bedroom apartments in the nicest parts of the city, and clients who live in 3 bedroom houses out in the suburbs.
It’s awesome to see how HIV can do such different things to different people. I have clients who are extremely healthy, active, productive people who just have something that needs to be maintained, and I have others who did not seek treatment until they were already very ill who are just holding on.
I loved working with my young adults so, SO much, but I’m also really enjoying working with older people who have such a variety of experiences. So far, I love this job!
There’s like a million different ways to say “I love you.”
'Put your seat belt on.'
‘Watch your step.’
‘Get some rest.’
…you just gotta listen.
I’ve been meeting a lot of clients the past few weeks at my new job and I’ve been asked several times if I’m going to stick around for longer than the previous people that have held this position. It makes me a little nervous, because so far it seems like a pretty great, easy job… So I’m not really sure why people keep leaving so quickly!
I will say that i am a little bored, but i do plan to stick it out for at least a year, hopefully much longer than that if it gets less boring after I pick up all 50 cases on my own.