Hello hello! Another Monday, another
work play week – for now…
I thought I’d take today to answer some questions that I’ve been asked a lot recently. The big topic? What I’m doing next year!
A little background: I went through a lot of possible career choices in college at Vanderbilt University. Actuary, non-profit worker, sociologist, child life specialist. One per year essentially! I graduated with a dual degree in sociology and child development, with a math minor. And no clue what I wanted to do.
SO. I bummed around Nashville for a year, working as a research assistant for my former sociology professor, and as a part-time nanny.
By the end of the year, I had made up my mind…
Do you still live in Nashville?
Nope! I’m back home in Louisville, living at home with the ‘rents. They’re excited.
Did you come back for a job?
Another nope! Well, kind of. I’ll be at the University of Louisville’s Kent School in the fall, pursuing a Masters in Social Work. As part of my schooling I have to complete a 16 hr/week practicum that I’ll be (slightly) compensated for. So not really working, no! Two days of class (M/T) and two days of practicum (W/Th).
So you’ll be going into homes and taking people’s kids away?
Absolutely not. I do not want to be a social worker in the sense that most people think of. Instead, I want to be a medical social worker. I want to work in a hospital or clinic, helping people who have medical ailments. Preferably children, and preferably those with some kind of chronic disease, like diabetes or cancer.
What exactly does a medical social worker do on a daily basis?
To be quite honest, I know some basics but I’m still a bit hazy on this question. I know that they help with a lot of insurance and other paperwork; they work to connect patients to available community resources; they do psychosocial assessments of patients and their support systems. So I know a little bit, but I’m looking forward to learning a lot more!
So there you have it. What I’ll be up to this year. I’m looking forward to getting back to school, and really diving into social work as a profession!
What about you? Did you go into college with a clear life goal and plan, or change a million times like I did?