Last week, Community Care published a video about the best and worst advice some social workers had received. We asked our readers what advice they would give others, as well as to share some of the wisdom provided to them in their professional lives.
The responses ranged from the optimistic to the downright disheartening. Several people, who are unlikely to feature on any recruitment campaign posters, warned social workers off joining the profession altogether.
But aside from that, social workers did find some pearls of wisdom:
@CommunityCare BEST advice, "make your own mind up, your opinion is worth the same as anyone else's, always watch for confirmation bias"
— patrick donohoe (@padraig48) January 23, 2016
Keep calm, use your humour,stay positive, good attitude to work helps manage the stress. – Zajac Poziomka (Facebook)
@CommunityCare Take time for lunch!
— Take 2 Mums (@take2mums) January 23, 2016
You can only do what you can do – Aurelia Lea (Facebook)
— Masked AMHP (@MaskedAMHP) January 22, 2016
Management always say it’s an emergency, it usually isn’t. – James on Community Care
@CommunityCare you have to look after yourself to be able to look after others – still working on it!
— Ingrid Richardson (@ingridrich86) January 21, 2016
The best advice I was given was to make sure you have a good reputation, listen, think and be responsive to others. – Clare on Community Care