Social Work (Female, Age 35) in DETROIT, MI

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleSocial Work
Salary$50,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationDETROIT, MI
Years Experience6 months

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a school. It is a charter school. It is in the education field.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I counsel students, provide community referals, arrange groups, do lunch duty, chair meetings, resolve conflicts, chair trips, set up onsite health visits.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
health insurance

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
under

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
yes it does. the alone time is what I like.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
OFFICE. I LIKE GOING AWAY FROM HOME.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 2
Hours: 3
Co-Workers: 7
Supervisors: 8
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amWHEN I COME IN THE MORNING, I GO TO THE OFFICE AND SIGN IN FOR THE DAY. THIS LETS EVERYONE KNOW THAT I AM HERE. I ALSO CHECK MY MAILBOX FOR THE DAY TO SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN IT. I THEN GO TO MY OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR AND HANG UP MY COAT.
8am to 9amI TURN ON MY COMPUTER AND START CHECKING MY WORK EMAIL. I THEN LOG ON TO THE SYSTEM CALLED POWERSCHOOL. THEN I TRY TO CLEAN OFF MY DESK. IN THE PROCESS I MAY GET A CALL FROM ANOTHER TEACHER OR THE OFFICE . THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT A STUDENT OR THEY HAVE A PARENT WHO WANTS TO TELL ME ABOUT A STUDENT.
9am to 10amI NOW TRY TO FIND SOMETHING TO EAT AND TO SEE MY FIRST STUDENT. I NORMALLY GO TO THERE CLASSROOM TO GET THEM. I GET THEM AND BRING THEM BACK TO MY OFFICE. WE THEN START OUR COUNSELING SESSION.
10am to 11amI GET ANOTHER STUDENT AND DO THE SAME THING ALL DAY. I ASK THEM ALL SORTS OF QUESTIONS. I ALSO HAVE TO IMPUT NOTES IN THE COMPUTER AND THE FILES. SOMETIMES ANOTHER PARENT WILL CALL AND I WILL ALSO HAVE TO LOG THAT ON A PAPER.
11am to 12pmI see more students.
12pm to 1pmI see students and I may take a lunch during this time.
1pm to 2pmI GO BACK TO MY OFFICE AND TRY TO SEE ANOTHER STUDENT. I TRY TO FINISH WRITING PROGRESS NOTES FOR THE SESSION THAT WE HAD. I NORMALLY WILL GET STUDENTS DROPPING IN THAT HAVE PROBLEMS THAT ARE UNEXPECTED. THEY ARE NOT ON MY CASELOAD. BUT I SEE THEM ANYWAY.
2pm to 3pmI SEE ANOTHER STUDENT AND PREPARE FOR ANY MEETINGS THAT WE MAY HAVE AFTER SCHOOL. WE NORMALLY HAVE OUR MEETINGS AT 3PM
3pm to 4pmIF NO MEETING IS SCHEDULED. I DO MORE PAPER WORK. WHEN STUDENTS STAY AFTER SCHOOL THEY NORMALLY WANT TO HANG OUT IN MY OFFICE. IF A MEETING IS SCHEDULES EITHER I AM TAKING NOTES OR I HAVE TO CHAIR A MEETING. SO I READ FROM MY NOTES AND ASK QUESTIONS. I CHAIR THE CHILD STUDY TEAM AND WE MEET ABOUT STUDENTS.
4pm to 5pmI AM LEAVING FOR THE DAY. WHAT A DAY.
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11pm to 12amNA

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
newspaper

What was the application process?
submitted a resume electronically

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes I did. I had to interview twice. Once with a staff member and once with the principal.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
What do I think about education. Did I know how to do an iep.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
not really, the last person left before I got there so I kind of had to wing it.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
A masters in social work

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
A little. The kids are a lot different from the books.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Somewhat but I forgot a lot of it because I graduated like 12 years ago.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Just send a resume. Go to career builders.com. Also look in the local sunday’s newspaper.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
They would need a degree. A high level of patience. Also a good, warm, fuzzy heart. A passion for what they do.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
A passion and a heart to do what’s right. Just really a willingness to want to help others.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Make sure you are ready for the unexpected.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
YES BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR.

What are your current career goals?
I AM GOING TO GET A PART-TIME JOB.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I NEED MORE MONEY. I NEED A RAISE IMMEDIATELY. I TOOK A PAY CUT FROM MY LAST JOB.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1ASSEMBLER13 YEARS50000I ASSEMBLED ENGINES FOR CARS.
Prior Job 2TICKETMASTER3 YEARS30000I SOLD TICKETS TO ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTING EVENTS.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3Sienna HeightsBachelors of Art
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.5Wayne State UniversityMASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK

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