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dcg in Novato, California

60 months ago

Sara in Austin, Texas said: I am wondering if anyone knows how possible/easy it is to get a job in another country with a MSW degree from an American University. I am an American and would be interested in working in another country after getting my MSW. Preferably in the UK/Ireland.

Thanks!

Sara,

Your best bet is with the federal government (military jobs)working as a civilian. Check out the federal job site, army, and VA. What are the opportunities for social workers in Austin?

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faridha in Hyderabad, India

59 months ago

Is there any clinical license exam to practice MSW in abroad. guide me

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Alisia in San Jose, California

59 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

I would like to get more information from you if you are still offering :)

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Liz in Marietta, Georgia

59 months ago

Sure, not a problem. To give you a bit of background, I received my LMSW in 2003 and worked for 4 years in a hospital setting. I had kept info from my Masters program regarding a recruitment program for social work jobs abroad in the UK. I began researching England in general to determine where I would want to live if I had a choice. My main concern was weather. I’m from Georgia. I like the heat ; ) Don’t know how much you know about England, but it’s basically broken down into counties that work sort of like our states. Each county has their own legislation and hiring process. I had narrowed it down to about 4 counties I was interested in, and since I wasn’t in any hurry (I was 27 and had a job I loved) I was just going to keep an eye on the recruitment website to see if one of the counties was ever hiring. Well, as luck would have it, a county I was interested in was hiring and I contacted the recruitment agency to get an interview. They reviewed my resume and gave me a long application to fill out and an interview spot. I prepared for the interview reviewing the laws/legislation that the recruiter provided and went to the interview. I interviewed with 3 employees of the county who had flown over, and was asked your general social work job hiring questions, nothing too difficult. They asked me which population I would like to work with as they were hiring for child protection, children with disabilities, and (I think) Long Term. I was offered a position with the county and then the recruiter walked me through the process of securing a Work Visa and all needed documents. It took 6 months from the time of my interview to the time I was able to start the job. There were 16 others who also got hired from all over the US, who were heading over there as well. I searched out the area on the Internet, found a Bed and Breakfast, made contact with my new supervisor, bought my plane ticket, packed my bags, and headed out on a Friday. A team member at my new office picked me

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Liz in Marietta, Georgia

59 months ago

up from the airport, took me to the B&B, and I started work the following Monday, which was a life saver because I didn’t know a soul. I wouldn’t trade the year long experience for the world.
I could go on and on, but I thought I would pause here. I don’t know how detail oriented you are so I don’t want to bore you with details if you’re a short and to the point kind of person. However, if you would like more info regarding the pros/cons and what I would have done differently, let me know.
Take care,
Liz

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Sonia Anthony in Atlanta, Georgia

58 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: up from the airport, took me to the B&B, and I started work the following Monday, which was a life saver because I didn’t know a soul. I wouldn’t trade the year long experience for the world.
I could go on and on, but I thought I would pause here. I don’t know how detail oriented you are so I don’t want to bore you with details if you’re a short and to the point kind of person. However, if you would like more info regarding the pros/cons and what I would have done differently, let me know.
Take care,
Liz

Hey can you tell me a litle more about your experience in the UK, I plan on working overseas once I graduate in May. I was wondering if a license is required in order to work in the UK?

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Mallory in Lansing, Michigan

58 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: up from the airport, took me to the B&B, and I started work the following Monday, which was a life saver because I didn’t know a soul. I wouldn’t trade the year long experience for the world.
I could go on and on, but I thought I would pause here. I don’t know how detail oriented you are so I don’t want to bore you with details if you’re a short and to the point kind of person. However, if you would like more info regarding the pros/cons and what I would have done differently, let me know.
Take care,
Liz

Liz,

I have some questions about this and would LOVE if you could shoot me an email at mallorydowd@gmail.com, because I can't find your email here! Thank you!!

Take care,

-Mallory

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linda in Miami, Florida

57 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

Hello, I am interested in working abroad as a social worker and is in the process of gathering information. I would love to here some of your comments.

thanks

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Maudon in Milpitas, California

57 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: up from the airport, took me to the B&B, and I started work the following Monday, which was a life saver because I didn’t know a soul. I wouldn’t trade the year long experience for the world.
I could go on and on, but I thought I would pause here. I don’t know how detail oriented you are so I don’t want to bore you with details if you’re a short and to the point kind of person. However, if you would like more info regarding the pros/cons and what I would have done differently, let me know.
Take care,
Liz

Liz, which recruitment agency did you interviewed with?

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Connie in Houston, Texas

56 months ago

Hi Liz,

I would like to know how to go aobut working abroad with my bilingual MSW qualifications.
thanks for your assistance.

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

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Sonya Walker in San Antonio, Texas

55 months ago

Are there any Licensed Clinical Social Worker, that will be willing to work on a Milatry Base?

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crystal in Honolulu, Hawaii

55 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

how was it working abroad, where did u go?

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Roger in Vancouver, British Columbia

54 months ago

Sara in Austin, Texas said: I am wondering if anyone knows how possible/easy it is to get a job in another country with a MSW degree from an American University. I am an American and would be interested in working in another country after getting my MSW. Preferably in the UK/Ireland.

Thanks!

It is easy to work in the UK, you need to get your qualifications assessed by GSCC, General Social care Council, once you are regestered, you can apply for any job, it is not difficult.

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Dusky Gold in Jalandhar, India

54 months ago

Hi, I have a few study related questions. I live in and have done my postgraduation (Economics).in India. I would like to know if my education is of any value in Europe, that is, will I get a job in any country like UK, France or Denmark?

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caren cc in India

54 months ago

You can apply for visa through point-based systems like Denmark Greencard Visa where you can earn points for your education. You get 60 points if your postgraduate degree is equivalent to Danish Master's degree. For details, refer:

www.europeoffice.org/denmark.html

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manna in Westminster, United Kingdom

54 months ago

Hello!

I would like to enquire about social work in usa. Right now im in uk, working for nhs, have M.A in social policy, but not yet registered with gscc, though they do expect my social policy degree in social work, so will not be any issue.
I just wonder how is the social work in USA california, compair to uk,here i found it easy to find jobs in social work.
If any one could give me information i would be very pleased.
Thanks!!

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DebbiSue in Fort Collins, Colorado

53 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

Hi, I would love to know about your experience working abroad as a social worker. I'm in the process of trying to find work in the UK right now. I'm an L-CSW but don't have a work permit. I've applied to the CSCC but still don't have permission to work in the UK. I would love to know about your day to day experience most of all. Hope to hear from you, DebbiSue

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DebbiSue in Fort Collins, Colorado

53 months ago

Sonya Walker in San Antonio, Texas said: Are there any Licensed Clinical Social Worker, that will be willing to work on a Milatry Base?

Can you tell me more about this. I am licensed. Where is the job?
Thanks, DebbiSue

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Jess in Jacksonville, North Carolina

53 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

I am very interested in working in the social work field abroad. I have been contemplating the Peace Corps. Please share your experience. Thanks.

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nolad19@hotmail.com in Kenner, Louisiana

53 months ago

Sonya Walker in San Antonio, Texas said: Are there any Licensed Clinical Social Worker, that will be willing to work on a Milatry Base?

Sonya, I would be willing to work in a U.S. military base abroad.

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Krystle

53 months ago

Hi! Im sooo greatful foer this web site! Im a social Work student at Wayne State in Detroit, MI, and I want to work with kids that has development delays, or Autism, but i haven't been hearing good things about the Social Work field. People are telling me I want find a job, and that if I do it want pay much. Can any of you social workers give me some advice? Thanks, i would really appreciate it!

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manna in London, United Kingdom

53 months ago

So is there any one who could tell me possibilities of social work in USA????

THANKS, ANNA

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manjuvb in Coimbatore, India

53 months ago

i am 31years old.i have my masters degree in msw..please let me know whether i have a chance to work in us or uk...am very eager to work outside india

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azeema in Hyderabad, India

53 months ago

HI, i hve completed my M.S.W with medical and psyciatry social work from india. I would like to know how to apply as a licensed social worker? Thank you.

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Jennifer in Madison, Wisconsin

53 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

Hi, I would like the same info as well. I have an MSW from an American uni.
thanks!

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azeema in Hyderabad, India

53 months ago

hi iam azeema i have done my M.S.W with medical and psychiatry specialization from India, i have one year experience in medical field dealing with cancer patient, i want to work abroad, i want to know how to apply for jobs, what will be the formalities i have to go through?

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Liz in Roswell, Georgia

53 months ago

DebbiSue in Fort Collins, Colorado said: Hi, I would love to know about your experience working abroad as a social worker. I'm in the process of trying to find work in the UK right now. I'm an L-CSW but don't have a work permit. I've applied to the CSCC but still don't have permission to work in the UK. I would love to know about your day to day experience most of all. Hope to hear from you, DebbiSue

Hi DebbiSue,
It is probably easier to work with a recruitment agency to find a position. It's not impossible to find a job on your own, it's just that the employer has to be willing to fund and complete the application of the work visa, which some just aren't willing to do. It's also easier from the interviewing point of view becuase they set all of that up for you. Working over there was great. Not really that different from the US. The parenting style is a little different so you have to be flexible and adjust your view on some things. My team was lovely and very supportive. They hook you up with a car and insurance. But the job is still social work-- long hours, lots of emotions, stressful situations...the usual stuff. If you want, you can email me specific questions at Liz396 at hotmail.

Good luck,
Elizabeth

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Liz in Roswell, Georgia

53 months ago

Jess in Jacksonville, North Carolina said: I am very interested in working in the social work field abroad. I have been contemplating the Peace Corps. Please share your experience. Thanks.

My experience working/living in England was great! I went by myself, so it was really freeing. The job was very similar to a government DFACS job. Child protection, adoption, children with disabilities, etc. The process is different, but the assessments are the same. The experience varies depending on the quality of the team (just like in the US). I had a really supportive team, but knew some other teams that were less collaborative and more isolated. The pay was a little better. I was able to visit a new country a month, which was the best part of living over there. I found flat mates off a room share website and they ended up being absolutely lovely and I still email them. The people were great. I think as social workers we are already pretty open-minded and diverse so it isn’t that big of an issue for us to go and live in another country. It was just really cool. The hardest part obviously was being away from the US on holidays. On Thanksgiving, I pretended my package of fish and chips was a turkey ; ) and Skyped my parents to chat. If you have any other specific questions, you can email me at Liz396 on hotmail.
Liz

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Kate in Jackson, Mississippi

52 months ago

I would love to know more information about this. I am graduating in May for my MSW and I am looking for something abroad.

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Sacha in London, United Kingdom

52 months ago

I have recently graduated in the UK with a Masters degree in social work. I have over 13 years unqualified experience within the social care field ranging from children and families work, youth offending and learning disabilities. I am keen in gaining experience overseas and would like to seek advice in being able to secure social work roles in the US. I would be grateful for any advice given. Thanks

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Vishnukumar in Coimbatore, India

51 months ago

Hi I have completed Socila work with specialisation in Community development. and have the experiance in Rural development and Evironment sector for three years. I would like to the oppurtunities in abroad based on my qualification and experiance. contact me in yahoo mail. vishnu_msw@yahoo.co.in or at gmail vishnuarmour@gmail.com

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nancy.krahe@gmail.com in Warwick, Rhode Island

51 months ago

Sacha in London, United Kingdom said: I have recently graduated in the UK with a Masters degree in social work. I have over 13 years unqualified experience within the social care field ranging from children and families work, youth offending and learning disabilities. I am keen in gaining experience overseas and would like to seek advice in being able to secure social work roles in the US. I would be grateful for any advice given. Thanks

Sacha....I've worked as a school social worker for 18 years in an urban public school system in Providence, RI. I don't know about the work visa, but I do know that you have to have a school social work certificate, granted by the Rhode Island Dept. of Education (a state agency). They review your transcript from your Masters Degree in Social Work and then issue a temporary certificate. Good luck! I'm looking to go in your direction....too bad we just couldn't switch jobs!!!
Nancy

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danielledronet@hotmail.com in Burbank, California

51 months ago

I hold an MSW, I am in the midst of working on my licensing hours.Is there such a "thing" in the UK; May I transfer my licensing hours to continue my work and receive a licence in the UK I would like to interview, I am looking for a clinical position

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Sacha in London, United Kingdom

51 months ago

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for your advice. I think that the UK system for recruiting qualified SW from the US is more of a straight forward process. I know that there are a lot of agencies and local authorities trying to recruit SW's especially if you have a Children and Families background so I would start making some contacts.

Good Luck

Sacha

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Sherridon in Brooklyn, New York

51 months ago

I am noticing that no recruitment venue is place in New York, and am wondering if at anytime this year with one be taking place. Furthermore i hold a BSW, however, i am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago what options should i pursue meaning going back home and then applying from there or doing the process from here. I am interested in work in the UK

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Frank_MSW in Bellflower, California

50 months ago

I am an MSW soon to be licensed in the state of California. I live in the Los Angeles area and I am VERY interested in an opportunity to work and TRAVEL in Europe. I am not interested in working in substance abuse/chemical dependency which many available gov't contracts offer with the military). I have good experience in assessment, working with individuals and families, and I have 2 years of management experience. Are there opportunities out there for me? And what the DOWNSIDES of working abroad. Any info you can give would be greatly appreciated.

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Ruth Senchyna in Albany, New York

50 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

Ola! Would like to hear more about your working abroad experiences. I myself worked in Africa 5 years and hope to go back.
Ruth at rutheile@hotmail.com

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Vishnukumar in Coimbatore, India

50 months ago

I am social worker with three years of experience. One year in rural development and two year in Environmental programmes. Based on this is it possible to find a fruitful opportunity in abroad.

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Ruth Senchyna in Albany, New York

50 months ago

If you are open to going to a developing country (Africa, etc.) you might want to check out VSO India. Doesn't pay much, but good experience...

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Srinivasan in New Delhi, India

49 months ago

I would like to share all of them. First of all i thanks to everyone. i am doing MPHIL scoial work. After finish my course i would like go UK Organization. i pland to do work from there. so could you help to me.

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Deb Thompson in Frederick, Maryland

49 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

I am very interested in working in the UK as a social worker following my graduation next month. I will have an MSW and hope to sit for the LGSW licensing exam in May as well. Any information you can provide would be very much appreciated. Please email me at Fscn8nSt@aol.com with any advice or information. Thank you so much! Deb Thompson

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silkelements in Louisville, Kentucky

49 months ago

Hi,

My question is, Does a British citizen who was educated in the US (and lives in the US) and got the Masters in social work have to go through the same procedure

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leeza Fazioli in Indianapolis, Indiana

47 months ago

Liz in Marietta, Georgia said: I worked abroad for a year with a MSW. Feel free to contact me and I can tell you how I went about getting the position, the pros/cons, and my experience.

how did you get a position? Where did you work? Did you have to get a Visa or were you sponsored?

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Anuu in Marinette, Wisconsin

47 months ago

HI I am Anuu I from WI I did my MSW form India and now i am in H4 visa ...I want to work in US ....Is their any exam that I have to give work Here in US?? Pls let me know .
Thanks

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John in Dublin, Ireland

46 months ago

I have completed an MSW in Ireland and have 2 years experience working in Child Protection...was interested in working in New York and moving in the New Year. Visa is not an issue as I am a US citizen. I do not know where to start with regards to applying for licensure or if my qualifications are even recognized. If anyone has any information to send me in the right direction it would be much appreciated...thanks

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leeza in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

If you have experience in the UK as a qualified social worker in child protection this will most likely not transfer to work experience in NY. NY requires 3 years of pretty specific job related experience and most UK jobs do not qualify. Look under NASW New York chapter to see their requirements for LCSW and LCSW-R as they are more strict than most states, I would not choose to try and practice in NY if you are not already a resident and don't have family there, they make it pretty difficult.

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honda in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

46 months ago

I have looked into this. you must apply for licensure with all of your qualifications the state will then allow you to take the exam..you must also do three years child protection supervision i beleive. this is conducted through a licenced Social worker who will conduct so many hours of supervision and must sign off. you receive a limited licence while this is ongoing so that you can practice. Correct me if I am wrong?

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John in Dublin, Ireland

46 months ago

leeza in Dallas, Texas said: If you have experience in the UK as a qualified social worker in child protection this will most likely not transfer to work experience in NY. NY requires 3 years of pretty specific job related experience and most UK jobs do not qualify. Look under NASW New York chapter to see their requirements for LCSW and LCSW-R as they are more strict than most states, I would not choose to try and practice in NY if you are not already a resident and don't have family there, they make it pretty difficult.

Leeza thanks for that..it does seem quite complicated. I dont altogether understand it as I have the application forms to see if I am eligible to take the state exam for a licence...but I keep running into contradictions.. So I would basically be going there as if I was fresh out of college?...is the salary for social workers good in the states? I am very interested in going to New York but if the process is so complicated..then what would you suggest? I suppose the simple question is...can I practice or not with an MSW from Ireland?

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Annie

46 months ago

Can someone tell me the process for getting a job as a social worker in Ireland
I am from California and would like to work in child protective services in Ireland . The equivalent to California's department of children and family services.

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Debbie in Fort Collins, Colorado

46 months ago

John in Dublin, Ireland said: I have completed an MSW in Ireland and have 2 years experience working in Child Protection...was interested in working in New York and moving in the New Year. Visa is not an issue as I am a US citizen. I do not know where to start with regards to applying for licensure or if my qualifications are even recognized. If anyone has any information to send me in the right direction it would be much appreciated...thanks

Hi John,
I am a social worker in the US. Licenses are issued by each individual state, and requirements are not the same in all states, although there are similarities. The tests are standard across the states, but you may not need to take one if you have already done so in Ireland. I am licensed in New York State myself and we have three different tests I believe. A general, advanced, and clinical. There are also two types of licenses in NY. One allows you to be a social worker and work in for an agency like child protective services, and the other allows you to do private psychotherapy where you can charge insurance companies directly for seeing patients in your office, or work as an independent contractor for a clinic, also receiving compensation directly from insurance or state agencies like medicaid. That is an L-CSW license. The other is an L-MSW. Both of these licenses require a masters degree. Contact the Office of the Professions in NYS and specify you want the social work licensing department (as they handle many different areas of licensure). You can speak to a social work specific worker and they will advise you what forms to fill out and what to send in and how the whole process works. The information may even be on their website. The office is in Albany NY. Good luck and don't give up if you really want it. It may not be as difficult as you are thinking. Hope this helps, Debbie

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