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.
First day at my new job was A+, but I’m no longer a case manager so I am not sure how to proceed with this blog.
I think the general idea is that a “better job” is one with more responsibility, but I’m really into the idea of having less responsibility at this new job. I’m no longer responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of children. I’m no longer on call. My new clients won’t have my cell phone number. I only have to talk to each client once every 3 months, and I only really have to actually see them once a year if there are no problems.
I’m so psyched to not have to drive, to not have to be all up in people’s businesses that they don’t want me up in, to be able to leave work at the office, to wear jeans to work, and to work in a place that has free condoms in a bowl at the front desk and a urinal in the ladies bathroom.