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Social Work

Looking for a Career Option in the Field of Social Work ? This section features Social Work as a career option, elaborated with reference to the job profile, personality traits required, the courses and training involved, premier institutions and future prospects.  "Don't see us as paragons of virtue, distributing the milk of human kindness to one and all, see us as professionals doing our kind of work." That's what social workers of today believe in, and want everybody to believe in, too. For, as they say, when people believe the former, they cease to take them and their work seriously.

Social work today has come far from the days when it used to be the prerogative of a few visionaries who believed they could make a difference to the way people lived, but didn't have adequate resources. True, even today, not just anybody can get into this field and hope to build conventionally "successful" careers. True, you need to have genuine compassion for the underprivileged, a very real urge to help others make better lives for themselves and the capacity to work hard, and under far-from-perfect working conditions. But the emergence of a large number of Non Governmental Organisations (or NGOs as they are called in popular parlance), the sector has become much more organized than before.

With institutes like the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Delhi School of Social Work offering dynamic, job-oriented degrees in social work, it looks like this career choice, which was once considered unusual, is becoming not so unusual after all. And with organizations like CRY and Helpage India doing very commendable jobs of nurturing people and fulfilling dreams, there is no lack of precedence.

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