"Prior to applying to the course, I had worked in an adults day centre for adults with learning disabilities and I also volunteered as a mentor for young people. I was interested in social work and I applied for the MA in Social Work course at Goldsmiths. The two year course offered at Goldsmiths provided me with background knowledge in a wide range of subjects including law, psychology, linking practice to current research findings and ethical considerations.
Along with the academic knowledge, the two practice placements provided me with opportunities to see social work in practice in very different settings, one in the voluntary sector and the other in a local authority statutory team. This direct experience has improved my confidence in working with other professionals and service users, to undertake assessments, to apply and manage principles of risk and to acquire guidance from social work practitioners.
Completing my own research was challenging but also taught me determination and persistence. My dissertation tutor supported me through the process tremendously, encouraging me to 'find my own voice'. This piece of advice continues to help me daily now in practice.
I am currently employed full time as a social worker in a local authority statutory setting. The role is challenging but also rewarding. The course permitted me to understand the values and ethics of working as a social worker in a world of limited resources, and to uphold these values when working with vulnerable people in need."