Feeling Stuck: Try A Social Worker

By Jodi Tingling

At some point in our lives we need help in our career. Everyone goes through
periods of transitions. This can include someone in the stage of just
graduating from school and trying to figure out the best career path for them.
This can also be someone who is in need of a career shift and would like to try something new. Whether one of these scenarios applies to you it can be quite tricky to navigate your next career move and understand the steps you may need to take. A Social Worker is a trained professional who helps individuals explore the challenges they may be experiencing in their lives. Although, social workers are not typically thought of as a professional who specializes in career coaching, they can help you understand and explore the reasons you may be feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or unable to take the next step in your career.

What is Social Work?

To provide more context of what social work practices involves, it encompasses the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of individuals, families, couples or groups experiencing challenges in their life. What does this mean for you? 

Deciding a career path is an important decision that should be made

with forethought and most often comes with a lot of stress and anxiety. Many
considerations go into deciding a career path. For example, considering your
passions, strengths, values, and lifestyle can influence your decisions.
Alternatively, there are various aspects that can deter you from exploring certain career paths; family perception, time commitment, and perceived ability to do the job to name a few. A social worker can help you navigate through the internal conflicts you may be experiencing and help you make the right decision for you. If you are feeling fearful or anxious about what’s next a social worker can help you explore why you may be feeling this way and help you develop a plan that is right for you and your situation.

Is it Right for Me?

Like any service you have to consider if it is right for you. If you are someone who is feeling confident about your career path and do not feel like you could

benefit from getting help in navigating your career then social work services
may not be right for you. However, if you have internal conflict about your
career path, are not taking action in pursuing your career goals, or do not
understand what may be next for you then you may benefit from speaking to
someone about your thoughts and challenges.

How do I find a Social Worker?

Social work is a regulated profession; this means professionals who claim the title “social worker” has to be registered in the province or state where they
reside. You can access a list of social workers by researching the college
where social workers must be registered in your specific location. Pay
attention to the social worker’s specialty and in general if they list “career
services” as a service they offer then they may be better suited to help you.
Most social workers will offer a free consultation before you commit to their
services, take advantage of this and come prepare to ask specific questions.
This will help you determine if they are a right fit. If you are worried about
costs, most private insurance companies cover the cost of social work services. Additionally depending on your city you may be able to access free to low cost services to help you in your career.

Next Steps

Seeking help to navigate your career can be the first step you can take to be successful in your career. It requires an internal reflection to help you understand what may be holding you back or the next steps you can take.

 Jodi Tingling is a career strategist whose focus is on coaching, motivating, and guiding others in their career trajectories. For a private coaching session you can book an appointment or enrol in a course to help you succeed in your career.