If the answer is “no,” I strongly advise delaying your MSW and finding at least a volunteer or part-time job in the field so that you can prepare yourself. Yes, education can teach you a lot about social work and all of its facets, but the fact is that doing social work in the field is very different from what you study in the classroom.
There will be days when you want to give up because things with your clients are so bad. There will be other days when you’ll want to celebrate a customer who abstained from booze for a whole week. Working in this field teaches you to appreciate the little wins.
It’s likely that you have at least some experience from an internship or practicum if you have a BSW or a degree in a comparable discipline. Consider those moments in the past and gauge your level of enjoyment.
Is it worthwhile to dedicate a few extra years to your schooling and a number of more to your career? If the answer is yes, enrolling in one of the many MSW programs offered can be a fantastic choice for you! If you aren’t sure, take some time to consider your options before enrolling in a program and shelling out thousands of dollars for something you might not utilize.