Is It The Perfect Career for You?

“We make a living by what we get…

But we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

Charity starts from home and should spread to the outside world. It is but a tiny flame that has the power to illuminate the lives of many. If you believe you can make a difference to the world, take a small step and become part of the social services sector that devotes its time, energy and efforts in serving those who are in dire need of help.

Social services is a profession rich in meaning and dedication to serve those less fortunate. It is suitable for those who are intrinsically motivated to promote social and economic justice and spearhead the changes required to make a better society. Social workers are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, and ethics to help individuals, families, communities, and organizations with social problems and concerns.

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are non-profit, voluntary groups organized by citizens on a local, national, or international level. Child rights, human rights and women empowerment are few significant causes taken up by the NGOs besides delving into criminal justice, community development, disaster management, healthcare, family welfare & population education etc. NGOs are organizations of change.

Broad spectrums of social subjects that impact society are addressed while working for charitable institutions, NGO’s and the social services sector at large. These include Dalit & Tribal studies, developmental studies, disability studies & action, human resource & industrial relations, human rights, social work, livelihoods & social entrepreneurship, NGO management, public policy & governance, water policy & governance, and women’s studies. 

Industry Snapshot

India is believed to have the most NGOs with the numbers crossing approximately 3 million. NGOs work for causes such as human rights, health rights, free medical, poverty eradication, population control, relief works in disaster hit areas, etc. Red Cross Society and Rotary International are two well known NGOs in the country.

Unlike other industries, hiring in the social services sector is not affected by the economic fluctuations in the country. The main focus of the firms in this sector is to deploy funds to the right places and projects without expectations of profit. Increased corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) and focus on rural consumers and partnerships with government enterprises have led to a steep incline in hiring for the social services sector.

There is no dearth of social causes to support and changes to be forged for a better tomorrow and a prosperous nation. As long as there is a dire need for change and a growing awareness among people about the social concerns plaguing the society, there will be a demand for social services professionals who are passionate about serving others. 

Nature of Work

The social work starts from the time when you can understand that there is a problem in the human life. Everything else revolves around that only. Provide counseling how to solve personal and family problems. Social workers often see clients who face a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, a serious illness and disability and no home in old age or substance abuse.

  • You will be conducting various camps and dramatic presentation by which you can teach people.
  • Your work increase when there are natural calamities or other such disaster.
  • Depending upon your area of working you will have to travel to remote villages or underprivileged areas of society.
  • Design educational material and other such training aids.
  • Timings of working depend upon the area you are assigned.
  • Involved in research how people function in different environments and situations.
  • You will have to design and implement recruitment and selection strategies while working on a project.
  • Your work may involve the interaction with police, hospitals or the courts.

Skills Required

Any profession requires some special skills to produce better result along with educational background. The common skills required for a person working with Charity, NGO and Social Services field are listed below.

  • Able to form relationships with people and assist them to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
  • Have positive attitude with good problem-solving ability.
  • Social competency as well as possess time-management and good communication skills.
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in a crisis situation.
  • Flexibility to adapt to new roles, tasks and situations.
  • Sympathy towards the weaker section of the society.
  • Passion, commitment and dedication as well as willingness towards social work.
  • Ability to work in a team of volunteers, fundraisers etc.
  • Good at coming up with new and innovative ideas for fundraising.
  • Must have counselling skills.
  • Able to use a range of preventative supports (from family and friends of the client) to help clients.
  • Confident to work with professionals such as: psychologists, doctors, childcare workers etc.

Different Disciplines of Charity, NGO and Social Services

  • Child Rights
  • Community Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dalit & Tribal Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Disability Studies & Action
  • Disaster Management
  • Health, Family Welfare & Population Education
  • Human Resource & Industrial Relations
  • Human Rights
  • Livelihoods & Social Entrepreneurship
  • NGO Management
  • Public Policy & Governance
  • Social Work
  • Water Policy & Governance
  • Women's Studies

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Education

The first thing which comes to our mind when we think of charity or selfless service is the smiling face of Mother Teresa, the founder of Missionaries of Charity. There are many such organizations in our country engaging in charity and social services. Social Work is relatively a bigger term, which supersedes charity. Below you will find what education to choose from, to have a successful career being in service to the human race.

After 10th

A student who wants to enter in the field of social service can opt his 10+2 with subjects like Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Those students who have taken Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or any other related fields shall be granted preference for getting admission in the graduation course in this sector.

After 12th

The B.A. in Social Work or B.S.W is a graduate level academic program that is based on the many theories of social work. The basic qualification needed by a person to join the Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) is a pass in class 10+2. Those students who have taken psychology, sociology, social work or any or related fields shall be granted preference.

Aspirants of the BSW course will need to appear for an admission test that is carried by the concerned university/institute. Some institutions take students on the basis of the marks got in the class 12 qualifying exam. Individuals will also need to appear for a Personal Interview. After pursuing bachelor’s degree one can go for M.S.W or M.A in this field. Some universities offer an M.B.A program in this field. There are also options for P.G. Diploma, M. Phil, Ph.D and Postdoctoral Fellowship in related disciplines.

Career Prospects & Job Opportunities

Graduates in this field can work in reputed organizations in socioeconomic support fields like CINI, CRY, Department of Rural Development, Help Age India, UNESCO and UNICEF. MSW graduates can work with educational institutions. They can also work as consultants in reputed organizations. They have to work in Clinics, Correction Cells, Counseling Centers, Disaster Management Department, Education Sector, Gender Issues Associations or Groups, Health-Industry, Hospitals, Human Rights Agencies, Mental Hospitals, Natural Resources Management Companies, Old Age Homes and Prisons.

Social workers conduct research or are involved in planning or policy development, most social workers prefer an area of practice in which they interact with clients. Services provided by social workers include one-on-one counseling, group mediation, advocacy, social and financial support, legal representation, shelter and referral advice. Some social workers contribute to policy development or advise governments on specific welfare issues, such as domestic violence. In this way social workers can influence how services are delivered and how society responds to social issues.

People working in the administrative part of the Charity, NGO or Social Services should handle all the general administration and financial matters. They must be able to take a bit of HR responsibilities also. People working for the environmental charity try to preserve and protect the environment and to promote environmental research, conservation and appreciation. Some charitable organizations extend their service to hospitals and provide food or medical support to the needy.

Social workers should expect to see more job opportunities than average through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Virtually anything you can think of will be involved with a charity in one way or another. Depending on where your passion lies, you could turn your hand to a number of different sectors- working with animals, raising money for cancer or helping environmental charities. You could work with the elderly, people with disabilities, the homeless, at a hospice or within sport and arts charities.

The various other jobs in this sector are given below.

  • Community Organizer
  • School Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Public Relation and Fund Raising Officer
  • Public Outreach Fundraiser
  • Rural Health Officer
  • Community and Social Development Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Health Educators and Promoters 

MSW passed candidates can get good central government jobs. MSW graduates can appear in UPSC examination. They can apply for jobs such as IPS, IAS and IFS of the civil services. MSW graduates can work as Assistant Director, District Consultant, Documentation and Communication Officer, Humanitarian Values and PMER Officer, Junior Research Fellow, National Secretary Community Development Professor, Programme Coordinator, Project Coordinator, Senior Manager - Human Resource and Sub Regional Training Coordinator.

Angels and Demons

Pros

  • Contentment and internal satisfaction.
  • Social service is now mandatory by the government of India.
  • Get a chance to help and thus improve the life of needy and poor people.
  • The experience you gain in charity work can be applied to MNC’s, if you decide to switch.
  • Depending on the type of charity sector you choose there could be a lot of chance for travel. 

Cons

  • Social workers work with individuals, families and groups experiencing social and emotional difficulties.
  • Can be both stressful and emotional job.
  • Fundraising is much difficult in some situations.
  • Difficult to convince public about the purpose of some programs.
  • You aren’t always able to help everyone the way you hoped.

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