Have you ever thought about a career in social work? Well, you’re in luck! As my next “Faculty Spotlight”, I have the pleasure to present the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work! Our insider information comes from Jamie, a second year student in the Masters of Social Work program. She previously completed her undergrad at Western University and graduated in 2010 with a Honours Specialization in Psychology with a focus in Clinical and Social Psychology.
Why did you decide to choose a career in social work?
I worked for several years in the field of mental health and addictions before I decided to pursue my Masters in Social Work. I did an undergraduate degree in Psychology and wanted to eventually work in mental health counselling in some capacity. From my work experience, I observed the many psychological, social, and systemic factors that impact an individual’s experience of mental health challenges. The ecological systems perspective of social work allows for a holistic approach to mental health services that addresses social determinants of health as well as broader systemic issues.
What made you decide to study at U of T?
I’ve lived in Toronto for several years and love all that the city has to offer. U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is also one of the few graduate programs that have a two-year Masters of Social Work (MSW) program for those who don’t have a Bachelors of Social Work degree.
What were some challenges you faced while studying to be a social worker?
As the MSW program is a professional Masters program, there’s a big emphasis on the practicum component of study. It can be difficult to balance the demands of course work with the practicum.
What advice do you have for students interested in applying to the Faculty of Social Work at UofT?
I think some practical advice I could give to students who are thinking of applying to the program would be to use references that can really speak to you as an individual. Also, if you’re questioning which school would be the best fit for you, I would consider where you want to work after graduating. You’ll really become familiar with the network of services available in your community or even your province, so it’s beneficial to keep this in mind when deciding where to study.
Awesome advice! Special thanks to Jamie for providing all her insightful knowledge about the Factor-Intewash Faculty of Social Work!