will a job as a support worker be good ground for social work?

I have just got a new job as a support worker (not carer) with mentally ill users of the service. However, I would like to become a social worker but cannot afford to do the degree as I already have a degree in theology. Would starting as a support worker give me some experience to internally train within my council as a social worker?

Asked By: emma24uk - 9/18/2007
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It will be good experience, though you still will need education in social work to be a social worker (you may be able to get a job with the title "social worker" but with out the educational background you would not really have the grounding in social work. DA
Answered By: Dr_Adventure - 9/18/2007
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Well you know any job in social work will feel good. In the mental health there is a real need. It is hard to find people that want to work with people that are differnt from the norm. I would take this job with a postive attuitude and rool with it for now.
Answered By: Liz S - 9/18/2007
Answered By: versantly - 9/18/2007
Well I am a social worker and this job sounds like you will be DOING social work, just without the educational background. To be a real social worker, one does need the knowledge base of it, but this job sounds like a really nice start to this field in general! Good luck!
Answered By: ladyofadc - 9/21/2007
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