How much does a lack of statutory social work experience hinder a newly qualified social worker’s chances of getting a job? Over the weekend we were tweeted by an MA student who asked if he would find himself ‘unemployable’ as a social worker if he finished his course without statutory placements under his belt.
There’s been plenty written about problems students have accessing quality statutory social work placements. But beyond the reports, what is your experience and advice for students in this position? Did you have statutory work under your belt before taking on your first job as a qualified social worker? Or did you build up voluntary sector experience that enabled you to see a different side to social work and helped your job search? Leave a comment using the form at the foot of the page.