Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

The Importance of Professionals Updating their ‘tool kit’.

by Victoria Brewster, MSW

Every person, no matter what profession, needs to update their skills. You can be a social worker, lawyer, accountant for 5, 10, 15 years and things change during that time. We all need to update out ‘Tool Kit’ as I call it.

While I received my MSW 15 years ago, I have never stopped learning and upgrading my skills. Sure, sometimes I do not have time as life gets in the way, but this year I have made it one of my top priorities. I have re-evaluated my professional interests, I have zeroed in on what is important to me and how I want to succeed professionally. All professions should do this, but it is even more important in some ways in the helping professions.

What is your passion? What niche or area is your true calling? What interests you most? How can you upgrade your skills? These are the questions you need to ask yourself at the same time you ask yourself, “How can I best assist my clients?” “Should I try something different?” Do not be afraid to upgrade and do not be afraid to try something new.

5 thoughts on “The Importance of Professionals Updating their ‘tool kit’.”

  1. Yes, so true regardless of what the profession may be. Times change and so must we. Not ever easy–we all lead active busy lives STUFFED with responsibilities. Me–I do it so I can keep my head up and take pride in the fact that my efforts are the best I can do.

    1. Thank you for sharing! I could not agree with you more. I know life often gets in the way, but as we upgrade our computer, cellphone and car on a regular basis….so must we upgrade our professional skills.

  2. This is true. Change is the only thing that remains constant. We must welcome change and evolve with our culture and environment or we will be left in the dust. It is an opportunity to grow and become stronger in our professional area, or branch out into new areas.

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