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Alumni Answers: What do you find most gratifying about social work?

September 5, 2018 — 

Calling all U of M social work alumni! Whether you’re a recent grad, a seasoned professional, or enjoying a well-deserved retirement, we want to hear why this profession is so gratifying to you.

Is it the relationships you build with clients and coworkers? The diverse environments and challenges you face? Maybe it provides a sense of fulfillment that few other careers do.

In celebration of the Faculty of Social Work’s 75th anniversary, we’re looking to you – our alumni – to tell us what makes social work such a meaningful vocation.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or email alumni_answers [at] umanitoba [dot] ca by Sept. 25, 2018.              

We’ll share our favourite responses with fellow alumni and the U of M community in the lead up to our anniversary celebrations, so visit the faculty’s network page to see if yours was included!  

Alumni Answers is our way of building community with our alumni by sharing memories, ideas, and opinions with one another. Every month, we’ll pose a new question to make us ponder, laugh, or learn together. Want to get next month’s question sent straight to your inbox? Email alumni_answers [at] umanitoba [dot] ca with “Sign me up!” in the subject line.

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One comment on “Alumni Answers: What do you find most gratifying about social work?

  1. Jennifer Klassen

    Being a social worker, I’m able to connect with people. I always wanted to be a helper and my family saw what I couldn’t and encouraged me down this path. I had a degree in music from U of W before moving to rural manitoba. Having that and being involved with family services I was able to take advantage of the distance program for my BSW and loved every part of the degree! I was able to start our family while working part time and going to school and enjoying living and working with people. I work for the regional health authority and geriatrics and love my involvement with the residents, their families and even relationships amongst the staff. I love going to work and tackling problems as they come and creating connectedness. I’m so very thankful to have been given this role. I love it!

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