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How to become a Social Worker - What should be the good characteristics human qualities and skills

Updated on March 29, 2013

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Homo Sapiens,Human beings are coming under social animal category. As other animals live together, even human beings are like to live together. The variant between animals to social animals is thinking capacity. And this is the cause makes to get separated from each other based ethnicity, nationality , community etc., To overcome this , we must learn from the nature, what it teaches us regarding living together. Starting from individual trees in the forest. Whether it can defend or not, when one tree get trouble, it emits some sort of thing , which can alert other trees. This is the natural way of alerting others. As a social animal , we should adopt this attitude by alerting our fellow human beings,in case of hardships as well as natural calamities. This is the first step in social work.

Social work is a responsibility to one and all who consider themselves as human being. Whether he or she may require others help one or other situations or in a situation to offer help. Either way we are bounded by our society irrespective any differences. In other words there is no boundary for voluntary social work. In may start from a small village or big cities.

Learning something about social work , is not enough for a social worker. Implementing what he or she has learned and analyzing ,reviewing and reshaping by using new techniques according to the situation are the foremost thing in achieving something meaning fully in social work. Learn from other's experience and set a new trend for yourselves. Copying is allowed in earlier stages of social work , but modifying according your willingness and demand of the place of work must be done time to time.

To be a good social worker, learn the books written in that topic daily and regularly. By reading regularly , you get chances of knowing more about the various societies and their cultures and how to deal with them.This will assist you when the circumstances are not favorable to you.Don't try to beat the situation, be part of situation in order to find out the way forward, in social work. And visiting new places to know more about the situations the people experiencing and the reality of their life style etc.,

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You should have a service mind without expecting the benefit;

  • Be the Example in What you are doing well. Don't push others on what you want.
  • Careful listening Makes the work easy.
  • You should have patience ;
  • You should have keen eye on whatever happening around you;
  • You should develop a mind sothat you are not going to discriminate rich to poor , and other extreme societies;
  • You should be kind hearted;
  • Your service should be voluntary;
  • You can have difference of opinion; But still you should make the service oriented decision when it comes for service;
  • You should a habit of reading newspaper,knowing the news from media. so, the service will be immmediate.
  • You should coordinate the people for the service;
  • You should have positive attitude;
  • You should have the desire to do the things.
  • Apart from calamities, you should have day today activities on voluntary services;
  • You should have good communication skills;
  • You should have good contact in the societies higher level, so that the good things can be delivered to affected one;
  • You should sacrifice yourselves for the sake of the poor; like a candle

All abovesaid qualities help us to serve our societies utmost level. But , We should realise , which are people really affected; Instead extending service to the middle class society , we must target poor people who does not having ladder to claim.

All types of social services are regarded as good. But mostly, giving the education to suffering society is most regarded. By educating such a society we really help the future society.Instead of scaling the society by richness, let us scale the society by education. It does not mean only academic education. We should respect the practical life education also.

Social services not limited to one field. It extends everywhere like root. But the basic is service. We cannot the take the word service lightly. Service means we are going to do voluntarily. Not expecting something from the other side. Even awards , rewards, praising are immaterial before service.

Respected Leaders of the world never expected something , out of their service. The history prooves that.They expected only change in the society.Not in terms of money , fame .

Even ,for targeting the society we need analysing mind. Before we just start providing something for the poor society, we must target eradicating the roots of cause , why they came to that stage.

In this not only just be the social worker, you should have aim to achieve something good for the society .

Interdependent in Social work

Most people believe in Independence in all types of work. Today , with the changed work culture, even in social works , we must adopt interdependence as our main tool. Especially for social work it is a must. Because , you may come across all types of people in social work. Rich to Poor, Cultured to arrogant,In all the way we must be patient to hear their views and analyse the same by considering views and giving out third view .

Honesty and Integrity in social work

Honesty is one of the best policy in social work. Usually we assist the poor or downtrodden people who can't able to rise their voice. They may be illiterate. In this scenario , we must be honestly address their issues. The way ,we approach the problems should be able to address their problems with a minimum time limit. Instead that , we want to gain popularity mileage from some helping activity , it may lead to dissatisfaction both the victim and hardliner. If you try to sort out , any issues with the honest willingness and not expecting anything , will lead to increase the confident level both side. The respect you in all negotiations. Please be honest.


Being social worker , showing integrity is very much important. Failing in this character, will lead to difficulty in empowering co-workers. Empowering co-workers and motivating them for the noble cause in difficult situations is more important in social work.


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      sarovai 4 years ago

      Thank u cidy for stopping by and commenting. Wish you all the best for your social worker carrier

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      cindy 4 years ago

      I real love social work and I want to became a good social worker in future

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      sarovai 5 years ago

      Thank u Jack for stopping by and commenting on this hub.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      Social workers are considered as the most generous job. It take determines, time and soul to become a good social worker.

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      sarovai 6 years ago

      Thank u Kimho39 for stopping by and commenting on this hub.

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      I liked the video, sarovai. I'm a counselor myself but social workers are ok too:)

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      DoItForHer 6 years ago

      One quality of being a social worker should be the integrity to stand up to possible unethical actions by co-workers. It is not secret that social services has had a fair amount of sickness it its ranks. A good part of the reason for that is the good workers are turning a blind eye to it.

      I'm not saying it is easy, but it is necessary. Like law enforcement, sometimes there are officers that do illegal and harmful things, but they get away with it in large part due to their coworkers saying nothing.

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      sarovai 7 years ago

      Thank u Melbin for stopping by and commenting on this.

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      Melbin 7 years ago

      Its really useful n meaningful too...

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      kim jones 8 years ago

      what do diz mean

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      sarovai 8 years ago

      welcome vizey. As you said ,not necessarily education, but also social working needed best attitude and approach towards creatures.

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      Vizey 8 years ago


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      Vizey 8 years ago

      Every one can be a social worker but he should have will power and deemination to do this. There is no need to have a professional degree but MSW or BSW can help you. You can work for NGOs.

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      sarovai 8 years ago

      Thank u for comments. It is right activity for social servicing people.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have a cousin who was a social worker and he is one of the most kind hearted people I know. I am sure that he left people in a better condition after meeting them than prior to that meeting.

      You are correct in that "eradicating the roots of (the) cause" is the most important thing.

      Instead of giving men fish to eat...teach them to fish and they will become self-sufficient.

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      sarovai 8 years ago

      please read my latest hub titled social worker skills.

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      zikhona 8 years ago

      what are the skills of a social worker?

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      zikhona 8 years ago

      what are the skills of a social worker?