Education, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Teen suicides eclipse homicides, and smartphone use could play a role – Business Insider — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

This article worries me. As a mom with a teenager, I am super involved in my kids lives, show interest, ask questions, encourage their friends to come over and limit the electronic use.

I insist on eating dinner together as much as possible, family movie night, and time alone with each of my kids.

Conversations are meant to occur in person or on the phone vs. through text, social media, etc.

Social media has opened alot of doors for people across the world, but for me it is to the purpose of sharing information, collaborating, resource information-professional reasons.

Be involved with your kids lives. Spend time with them, ask questions…

 

Source: Teen suicides eclipse homicides, and smartphone use could play a role – Business Insider

via Teen suicides eclipse homicides, and smartphone use could play a role – Business Insider — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

Education, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Social Work Career and Job Search: Part 1

by Victoria Brewster, MSW

Job seeking in social work; there are many benefits to social media. I am very active on LinkedIn and many of the groups I participate in are social work related groups. Some of the discussion posts are BSW’s and MSW’s looking for employment, looking to relocate and/or seeking guidance. I also see quite a few posts that are companies and recruiters looking to hire a BSW or MSW, but some require state licensing. If I do a search on social work employment/careers-I see many, many ads. So, on one hand there are both BSW’s and MSW’s looking for employment and on the other, employers looking for BSW and MSW candidates. Typically,  they are seeking one with experience. If you are right out of university, the only experience you most likely have is your internship(s) which many employers do not count as experience. How does one gain experience if no one will hire them?

If a candidate has the necessary skills, is highly recommended by their internship supervisors, professors and others-why not take a chance? A positive to this is the employer fully trains the employee-the employee has little expectations except that they want to work in their chosen field. Typically they will work harder, for less pay and may be more committed being fresh out of university.

Then you have the social workers with many years of experience. They are highly qualified, have the necessary skills and beyond, additional professional training from updating their skills, they may be licensed or certified and are able to step right into a job with little training or direction.

To find a job, networking is very important, whether it be through friends, family, colleagues, social media, online job search, agency job search, professionals you know who work in the field, head hunters, recruiters, and social work national, state or provincial associations (NASW, CASW, UK) are also a good resource.  Volunteering is another way to gain some experience and be with a segment of the population you have not worked with before.  Serving on a board gives you experience and you make connections.

Introduce yourself, befriend and connect with fellow Social Workers across the globe, share what kind of social work you do/did or want to do. Where do you work currently or where have you worked? Why did you become a social worker? What niche of social work are you seeking?

*First posted at: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2013/01/22/sw-career-and-job-search-series-part-1/

Healthcare, News

Patients and Social Media

The benefits to social media are numerous to count. As a patient, the benefits are support from others, news and developments in health and possible online interaction with your healthcare providers, hospital or clinic.
Read this and give me your feedback.

http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/3-reasons-why-patients-should-consider-using-social-media

News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Resumes, CV’s and Careers….

by Victoria Brewster, MSW

I just read a discussion topic on LinkedIn that piqued my interest to read further. It focused on a resume and how ‘The Number 1 Mistake Professionals Make’ is to be too diversified careerwise. Is there such a thing?

The article focused on how a professional was reviewing another professionals resume. The professional with the resume had done so many good things in so many different fields it was hard to know what was distinctive about her/him.

As the two had a discussion it became clear the resume was a symptom of a deeper problem of the one professional being pulled into projects and opportunities she/he did not feel made the best use of her/his talents. She/he ends up being overworked and underutilized.

Step 1: Capable people are driven to achieve.

Step 2: Other people see they are capable and give them assignments.

Step 3: Capable people gain a reputation as “go to” people. They become “good old [insert name] who is always there when you need him.” There is lots right with this, unless or until…

Step 4: We end up doing lots of projects well but are distracted from what would otherwise be our highest point of contribution (see more on this in the Harvard Business Review article The Disciplined Pursuit of Less). Then, both the company and the employee lose out. This is where the discussion can be found for those on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121206081322-8353952-the-1-career-mistake-capable-people-make

This was my contribution to the discussion topic. ‘Not sure if I agree with overworked and underutilized, but yes many professionals are the ‘go to’ people because, well they get the job done! If a professional is feeling overworked and underutilized this involves a discussion with one’s direct supervisor or manager. A question: Underutilized meaning one is being asked to fulfill tasks that are ‘beneath’ them, or not part of the regular job description? We all do and if you work for a non-profit and in community it goes with the territory. Being part of a team is important in any job whether you work at McDonald’s or in the White House! When it comes to actual jobs, sometimes people take whatever is available because financially they have to or they leave a job because it does not match their values or they cannot get along with a colleague or boss.’

To me the discussion question is raising a good point-should we as professionals over-diversify? Should we be more selective in jobs and tasks performed?

The discussion also raises other questions like can we in today’s current job and economic market be so selective? I know too many professionals who are looking for employment or to re-enter the job market and are not having much luck.

I know others who would love to leave their current job, but financially cannot and/or they have not had much luck in even securing an interview.

So, what does and does not go on the resume or CV? This could be a great discussion topic in general and a wonderful opportunity for professionals to help other professionals.

* First posted at: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2012/12/09/resumes-cvs-career-choices/