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The Best of 2014

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant 

Here we are at the start of the final month of 2014. Like many of you I have no idea where the year went. It feels like only a couple of weeks ago we were getting ready for summer and now we are in the midst of the holiday season. I figured now was a good time to start rolling out the end of year blog post. Today I am taking a look back at the most read article on The Political Social Worker.

Top 5 articles of 2014

  1. Job Search for a Macro Social Worker This post has been at the top for the past two years. I have since turned this into a series  as well as a webinar.”I decided to write this post after a member of people inquired on multiple LinkedIn discussion groups how a social worker can find a macro practice job. One person who was about to graduate was beginning her job hunt only to find that the vast number of advertised positions for social workers focused on direct practice.”
  2. Pros & Cons: Social Work Versatility “This inability to clearly define our profession has led to a public relations problem.  The NASW has been trying for years now to get social work represented in the media.  They have a whole committee working on getting the profession in the spot light and to make sure that when a TV show or film features a character that is a social worker that the profession is portrayed accurately.  Sometimes I feel like we are invisible.  No one notices or talks about social workers besides other social workers.  This leads to social workers being at the bottom of the barrel among the helping professions.”
  3. What To Put On Your Business Card If You’re Still A Student This article was inspired by a question asked during The Job Search for a Macro Social Worker webinar webinar.“When coaching students and recent graduates about networking I always tell them to invest in decent business cards. Most people only think about business cards as something that is given to them by an employer after landing a job. Regardless of your employment status you should have business cards made up. Even if you are employed at the moment you may want to consider ordering “personal” business card’s for when you are networking on your own time.”
  4. Continuing Education To Become Mandatory For NYS Social Workers In January 2015 New York will become the last state in the US to enact a mandatory continuing education law for social workers. As you can imagine this has caused quite a stir. While many recognize the importance of continuing education, others are deeply concerned about the financial cost.New York has lagged in job growth and recovery. Many new social workers are still facing unemployment or underemployment. This makes having to shell out for continuing education classes burdensome.“Starting in 2015 all licensed social workers in New York State must complete 36 hours of continuing education in order to maintain their licenses.  New York was the lone holdout with every other state already requiring continuing education courses as a contingency for holding an active license in social work.”

    You can find the article with updated information about the new law here.

  5. 2014: 7 Must Follow Social Workers On Twitter “This time last year I published an article, 7 Must Follow Social Workers on Twitter. I decided to make this an annual list that I will publish during Social Work Month.The criteria I used to decide who to add to the list was based on output and content. I wanted to include only accounts that where active (posted several times a day) and those who shared content related to social work. Some of the names below were on last year’s list others are new.”

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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