Social Work

As a social worker you will be helping and supporting individuals, families, groups or communities and society on whole to improve their individual and collective well-being. You will also deal with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.

What do Social workers do?

The central job of a social worker is to interact with the environment and communities. Social workers teach skills and develop mechanisms for people to rely on in order to better their lives and experiences. A social worker also responds to emergency situations, such as natural disasters and help clients to adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Meet with individuals/families to make assessment of situations requiring assistance
  • Checked Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings regarding social issues like child protection, deaddiction and rehabilitation, mental health, etc
  • Checked Organize and manage support packages for improvement of quality of life for distressed or needy people
  • Checked Work with vulnerable individuals to provide support and ensure their safety and security
  • Checked Carry out paperwork for maintaining records or preparing reports for legal action
  • Checked Provide assistance to clients to help them adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Checked Respond to emergency situations, such as natural calamities , riots or epidemics

Job roles of a Social worker

Psychiatric social worker are mental health social workers. They treat mental health problems and provide individual, family, group counselling.
Community social workers try to promote good and positive changes in the community depending on the culture. They try to improve the participation in community activities and improve overall quality of life. They also take surveys, analyse the information and do research on the existing and emerging trends.
They provide service to support children improve their quality of life inside and outside the family and try to improve the functioning of the family. They also provide services like job placements, medical, addiction treatment, family therapy etc.
They work in social welfare departments, schools, and hospitals. Their main duties are budget allocation, program planning and development, staff management and public relations.
These social workers work in Non Profit Organizations. They are very active in areas like education, health care and human rights and focus on maintaining good relations with the public.

How to become a Social worker

Step 1
Take any Stream at +2

Taking any stream at +2 makes you eligible to take up an undergraduate course in Social work but studying Humanities preferably with Sociology and Psychology will enable the students to have better insights in Social Service fields from school level itself.

Note :

Taking part in programs like National Service Scheme will help you to improve your overall performance in service oriented activities.

Step 2
Take Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The common course offered at the UG level in this area is Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). It is a 3 year course

Note :

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline makes you eligible for taking up a post graduation course in Social Work but preference is given to BA in Sociology, Psychology, Economics,Political Science or History.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Social Work (MSW)

After completing the UG degree, you can go for the two years Master’s course in Social Work. There are various prominent institutions providing MSW or MA (SW) courses in India as well as abroad.

Step 4
Take MPhil/PhD in Social Work

The common course offered at the UG level in this area is Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). It is a 3 year course

Social Work (Social Services) Colleges

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Requirements for masters in social work (social services)

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (at Aligarh Muslim University for MSW)

  • Bachelor’s degree holders in any discipline with min 50% aggregate are eligible for admission to the 2 year Post Graduate course in Social Work
  • Written test
  • Group discussion/Aptitude assessment/Personal interview.

Foreign (from University of Pennsylvania for MSW)

  • A bachelor’s degree in Social Work or in liberal arts subjects from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate record demonstrating academic achievement
  • A minimum of 100 in the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL or a minimum Overall Band Score of 7.5 in IELTS.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Students meeting required criteria for eligibilty have to appear for an admission interview (At the institution or via Skype)

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required

Communication skills

Social workers should be able to talk to and listen to their clients effectively to understand their problems clearly and provide suitable solutions.

Interpersonal skills

Social workers need strong interpersonal skills to work productively in a team and interact with people of varied groups and communities.

Emotional skills

Social workers need to develop good relationships which requires patience, compassion, and empathy with their clients who are often in stressful and difficult situations.

Organizational skills

Social workers often have to help in documentation and paperwork for clients and may also have to handle many tasks at the same time .This would require good organisation skills.

Problem-solving skills

Social workers need to come up with practical solutions to problems faced by their clients which requires critical thinking and problem solving ability.


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Top Companies/Organisations

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  • Checked UNICEF
  • Checked Child Rights and You(CRY)
  • Checked Helpage India
  • Checked SMILE foundation