By Lequita Brooks LCSW MSW/The Social Work Incubator – The Social Work profession has been around since the late 19th century.
Social work pioneers like Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells, Dr. Ruby Pernell, Whitney M. Young, Jr., Dorothy Height, and many more are the trailblazers who paved the way for social workers, like you and me.
From social welfare, healthcare, and government agencies, to leading the charge in corporate social responsibility initiatives at Fortune 500 companies today, social workers are employed in every industry and many also choose to start businesses leveraging their education, expertise, and experiences to stimulate the economy.
We continue to make great strides in transforming the lives of people one-on-one in micro social work, communities in the field of mezzo social work, and policy, the mecca where massive decisions are made and funding to support causes, in macro social work.
It is beyond time for Social Workers to use their passion, voice, and sphere of influence to enhance and empower individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities!
Social Workers have friendly banter on the internet, in social media “groups”, with their closest friends at brunch, and after-hour meetups with their social work besties and colleagues; why not reach the masses on a global scale?
Share your voice in local, state, and national news outlets, newspapers like the Jacksonville Free Press, at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) conferences, joining and getting involved with the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) and other mediums to reach a larger audience because you are meant for sooo much more and are called to transform people, communities, and nations.
The one thing 99.9% of Social Workers have in common is, A Desire To Help!
Let’s take your desire to help to another level and map out what that will actually look like in your social work career mapping plan which encompasses your vision, your “why”, your quality of life, your ideal career based on your strengths, and your financial goals.
When your cup runneth over and you are in overflow with a holistic self-care practice, you will have even more emotional, mental, financial, spiritual, and physical capacity to give of your time, talents, and treasures to support the people and causes you believe in.
A few questions that you may want to ask yourself to hone in on your vision and your “why” to have massive impact are:
Which populations pull on your heartstrings that you know you are meant to serve and support?
In which ways do you envision yourself helping your ideal population?
How are you going to position yourself to help this population whether on the micro, mezzo, and/or macro level?
What are all of the things that you know to do without researching to bring your vision to fruition?
What is your first best step to bring your vision to fruition?
Let’s not just spew rhetoric with no viable solutions, let’s lead by example in our own lives and actually make real change, for real people, in our real communities.
You have a voice.
You have the skills.
You have a heart.
You have the passion.
You know you are called for more.
Now let’s take your rhetoric and put it into an actual plan and execute it to transform the lives of people, policies, and communities.
Learn how my team and I at The Social Work Incubator™️ are changing the global narrative of the social work profession from the bitter, broke, and burnout social worker to social workers can make money and make a difference at www.thesocialworkincubator.com.