Friday, October 30, 2015

Almost finished with our first quarter!

As week 10 approaches, I believe that it it is very important to (if not already) practice or self-self care methods. These practices protect us from the negative impact of our many life stresses, whether it be from our classes, personal life, or internship. I have learned along the way that there are many situations, environments, and experiences that can lead to different types of stresses. The article below, outlines the solutions to caring for oneself and fighting the stigma of asking for help.  This article has one profound and lasting message: if we do not take care of ourselves we will be unable to care for others. The Article "Self-Care Solutions: Facing The challenge of Asking for Help" written by Liza Greville, for Social Work Today.

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Another important topic of attention during this time of the quarter is making sure that your resume is up to date. If you have not already, add your current internship to your latest work experience section. Under your current internship on your resume you can add what you are already doing, and what you are going to be doing in the future, do not forget to use your action verbs. This is a good tome to edit and clean up your resume, before you begin the process of looking for a summer job or your next years internship placement. If you edit your paper now, you will be ahead of the game, and not rushing to edit last moment, where you are more likely to overlook mistakes. The article written by , outlines 10 tips for editing resumes that are important for many social workers.
She shares tips such as, write out acronyms, quantifying your accomplishments, and many more.

For the article, click here.

Comment below to share your toughts, feelings, and questions regarding the post or any other related topic. Let us know what you think.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Social Work Intern, week 4.

Hello all,

We are now half way through our 4th week of the fall quarter, can you believe it?! With internships beginning, midterms coming up, and many papers to write, we may be beginning to feel overwhelmed. My advice is to take everything as they come, write one paper at a time, take a breath, and remind yourself to fit in self-care (somewhere, in your schedule).

So, when I was thinking about what to write, I was thinking about what may be most on everyone's mind. Whether you are an advanced standing, foundation year, or concentration year student most of us are experiencing being the new social work intern. Although, internships come in many different shapes and sizes, we are all in a position of being new and learning.

This is a vulnerable position to be in, we are owning the fact that we are new and may not know exactly what to do in all situations that come up.

First of all, congratulations on beginning this enriching learning experience.Whether your internship is clinical, community, with children, with the aging population, we may all be experiencing the same feelings regarding our new position. You may feel anxious, excited, and challenged by this new experience. I came across a great article from The New Social Worker on tips on beginning a new social work internship.

I have linked the article below, please leave your feedback about your feelings and thoughts on this article. I look forward to reading your feedback and comments.

8 Tips for New Social Work Interns