Degree and university: Diploma in social work; MA in intercultural work and conflict management from German universities; certificate in play therapy. Studying for KCC Foundation MSc systemic psychotherapy at Bedfordshire University
Job title: Specialist social worker, London Borough of Hackney
What does your job involve?
We work directly with children and families, as well as with social services, schools and voluntary organisations. We discuss what needs to change and what would be the best outcome for the family, as well as working with colleagues in children and young people’s services.
What was your motivation in choosing this career?
I like having a variety of work and getting direct feedback from the people I work with. Partnership work is about achieving something together, seeing what a young person’s strengths are and helping them achieve their full potential.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The partnership work; if we work together we can achieve a good outcome. We have to be creative to engage young people, so might send a text message to get them in. What is the most challenging aspect? The partnership working. Also, sometimes families have complex cases, with issues perhaps regarding housing, benefits, or immigration.
And the worst part?
What advice would you give to readers considering a job in your field?
Be passionate about the work you do and believe in what you’re doing. Remember if you treat families with respect they will respect you.