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    Recently my mom and I have been butting heads over what I want to do at University and tension is high. I have my head set on doing social work but she sees it as dead-end with very little prospects and no way I'll be able to live comfortably off the money that I'll earn from it and instead wants me to do something more business-like. How can I convince her this is the best choice for me?
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    What concern is it of hers? You do a degree you're interested in. You won't perform as well on something you don't enjoy.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have my head set on doing social work but she sees it as dead-end with very little prospects and no way I'll be able to live comfortably off the money that I'll earn from it
    This probably depends on where you live and what sort of lifestyle you're happy with, but have you given serious thought to the fact that she might have a point?
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    Sorry but i disagree... You can't place 'potential earnings' over happiness. If you're not going to be happy, don't be forced into doing something you don't want to do. Trust me, as someone who felt pushed into doing something I didn't want to do at uni, i'm filled with years of resentment and regret! Do what you think will make YOU happy.
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    What exactly does she want you to do? Are you sure you want to be a social worker? It seems like a very stressful and thankless job.
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    Hey!

    As other people have said, it's your choice and it's you who will be studying the subject you choose so you want to make sure that you're passionate about it!

    Most people will study Social Work to become a social worker but there are often other opportunities as well. Are you wanting to become a social worker at the end of that degree?

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    Recently my mom and I have been butting heads over what I want to do at University and tension is high. I have my head set on doing social work but she sees it as dead-end with very little prospects and no way I'll be able to live comfortably off the money that I'll earn from it and instead wants me to do something more business-like. How can I convince her this is the best choice for me?
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    It's you studying not your mum. I know lots of people that dropped out of uni because they were pushed into subjects they didn't want to do and ended up hating it.

    Its YOUR life, however I personally do think you could do something better than social work as you technically only need a diploma to become qualified. If you want a degree why not consider something like Sociology? Or Counselling and Psychology? They cover essentially the same thing, you can still specialise in social work if you want to but if that doesn't work out of your change your mind in 10/20 years then the latter two options will open up so many more doors for you.
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    To qualify as a social worker you would need to graduate with an approved undergraduate degree or a masters which would enable you to register with the HCPC and practice as a social worker. There are specific requirements that need to be met and a lot of placement days, usually one 100 day placement and a 70 day placement. (There are also some new fast track programmes available as an alternative.)

    Studying Counselling or Psychology will not enable you to practice as a social worker and are not necessarily comparable.

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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Recently my mom and I have been butting heads over what I want to do at University and tension is high. I have my head set on doing social work but she sees it as dead-end with very little prospects and no way I'll be able to live comfortably off the money that I'll earn from it and instead wants me to do something more business-like. How can I convince her this is the best choice for me?
    I'd consider her advice, but if social work is what you want, do it. You're the one ultimately studying the degree, paying for it and getting a job, not her.
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    Thanks for the replies guys, I'm still set on doing the course but after talking to her I conceded and loomed at other qualifications I could get alongside it or after to increase my choices and think we've come to a point
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    Well a cousin of mine is 30 and is a social worker. She has risen very quickly and is now earning enough to go on holiday 3 times a year, buy her own house and has paid off her student loans. I appreciate she is the exception to the rule but the chance is there to earn a fair bit x
 
 
 
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