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VFB in Illinois

43 months ago

GP in Cambridge, Massachusetts said: Hi,

I realize most of these comments are in regards to people who already have a masters degree but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on possible jobs I could get in the UK with only a bachelors. I am not quite ready to get my masters and need a bit of a break but I am not sure what I can do with only a bachelors in psych. I have looked into working as a case worker in the states and that seems to be a good option for me but I was wondering if there was something similar in the UK? I have dual citizenship so I kind of want to take advantage of that, and I figure this would be a good point in my life to do so.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Thanks

I am a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago and wanted to know how to obtain dual citizenship after reading your post?

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meg in Astoria, New York

41 months ago

I am also looking for some insight! I have recently graduated from Columbia University with my MSW, passed the licensing exam so I currently have a LMSW...I am extremely interested in working in London/UK but i'm confused as to how to approach this... I know i can apply for accreditation through GSCC, but how do I find a job?? I tried going to uk-pro.net for some insight but that didn't work. I have a variety of experience through my internships and current job, but how do I approach getting a job over there? any tips? I've tried looking through this thread but it became a bit confusing :/ anything will help!

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Public Services in Phoenix, Arizona

41 months ago

I received an email from a recruiter and I was told that at this time they weren't looking to fill positions outside the country due to budget cuts. One suggestion I have is that you try to intern and get in that way if possible…

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Kristina in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

I heard the same thing when I called my Aunt's former recruiter at Bluecare. They limited the amount of work visas going out and cut them down by 90 percent. Currently, recruiting is prominent in New Zealand and Australia (my Aunt moved from London to Darwin last fall). The demand is still in child services and they require specific experience. I was told you can apply for Locum and permanent positions if you can obtain and pay for your own work visa when I spoke to a council since that now comes out of their budget, but with no connection to the UK, I decided to take their advice and wait it out while working on obtaining my LCSW.

The VA does hire social workers straight out of graduate school at the GS9 level (GS 9/11 is how it is usually advertised) but the closest Air Force base Lakenheath/Mildenhall is quite far from London. There are many bases in Germany (though one is relocating soon), but for other military areas (Korea and Japan for example) it seems they want an LCSW. USAJOBS.GOV has all government listings. Good Luck!

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Ola in Mount Holly, New Jersey

40 months ago

I really enjoyed reading this forum as it was very helpful. I was also interested in going to London for a year to practice Social Work, but after reading this thread I realized the demand for jobs is not what it used to be. Does anyone have any information about jobs in Africa? (preferably Ghana) Whenever I search for jobs in Africa I see volunteer positions and I was wondering if anyone knew of any paid opportunities.

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Deb Thompson in Frederick, Maryland

40 months ago

I have my MSW and am licensed at the LGSW level. I have one and a half years post-master's experience in mental health counseling in addition to two years experience obtained through internships while still in school. I do not have child welfare experience thanks to hiring freezes at local government agencies in my area. However, I do want to work abroad (preferably in the UK). Any advice would be gratefully accepted. I am fulfilling the requirements for my LCSW-C and should, with any luck, sit for the exam in June 2012. Good luck to all of you with dreams of working abroad. Remember to share your experiences and any tips learned along the way here in this forum. Cheers! Deb

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Saurya Pal in Kolkata, India

40 months ago

The situation is grim all over the world in the field of Social Work. The rosy picture is there are some pockets in India as well as in some African countries where there are opportunities in HIV and on tribal projects.

The easiest and smart option is to enroll under Voluntary Social Worker where though the pay is less than regular yet the return after 1-2 years is worth.

Best of luck!

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Saf in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

39 months ago

Vivian in Lansing, Illinois said: Hello Everyone!

I LOVE THIS FORUM because it give people insight information about the field of social work. As Social Workers we have to think & look outside the box. I recently visited the UAE United Arab Emirates this past March 2011 and feel in love with this country. After completing my MSW next year in May 2012, I am seriously thinking about taking a position overseas, hopefully in the Middle East. Check out this site recruit.hct.ac.ae/WebForms/ViewJobDetail.aspx?j=35108 . The UAE is now seeking Social Workers and God knows WE are needed EVERYWHERE!

Just looking inside the United States for Social Worker positions is not going to work anymore because everything is more global. So as the world, the field of Social Work must revolve into a global field as well. My UAE experience gave me first hand experience in attending a Social Work Conference on an international scale, which gave me opportunity to network. I don't know about you guys but I refuse to sit around and wait for someone to validate my career, this is my life, my career, and no one can take that away from me.

XoXo

Hi Vivian,

I have recently emigrated to Abu Dhabi as my partner was offered an excellent career oportunity within his field of work (I.T).

I have a social work masters degree from the UK and i'm finding it very difficult to find social work opportunities in Abu Dhabi itself. Can you offer any guidance...it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

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aikostaromana in Tarlac, Philippines

38 months ago

I am a fresh graduate social work professional and currently working in a residential child caring agency. I really want to apply as a social worker in abroad. I am a Filipina, single and willing to work abroad. Is it really possible that I can work abroad even if my credentials are not that high? I've also never been out of the country.

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Thomas Gregorcyk in Dallas, Texas

38 months ago

hello everybody,

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pratimili in Saint Louis, Missouri

37 months ago

Shaperks in Littleton, Colorado said: I am currently working at the Denver VA inpatient psych as a SW intern. I graduate this May so I obviosuly won't have my LCSW but am willing to start anywhere as I love working with service men and women and my fiance is in London!!

Hi, I have been looking for opprtunities to be part of VA as a Social Worker. I am very interested in getting a job in VA to work with service men and women. I am not sure whether I can qualify as a MSW working on my LCSW. Please guide me though this process.

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pratimili in Saint Louis, Missouri

37 months ago

Alex in Reading, Massachusetts said: As a recent return Peace Corps volunteer (I just got home one week ago), I highly recommend Peace Corps. I only have my bachelors and now that I have completed my two years abroad as a PCV in Albania I am considering going to grad school to receive a master in social work. But I hope to one day travel abroad again, and am wondering if it is possible to do so as a social worker, and how difficult that would be in a country where locals do not speak English?

Hope this helps, Peace Corps was an amazing experience. If you have anymore questions don't hesitate to email me (amoskaluk3@gmail.com). I live in the Boston area.

hi, glad you had an amazing experience and I am very sure you had it:). Helping people of other nation and getting to know other culture is always an enlightening experience. Can you share on what involves around the application process and its timeline? I would appreciate.

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Shavon in London, United Kingdom

37 months ago

Do you currently hold an MSW? THe VA preferes LCSW's but will take MSW's once they have the LSW and are in the process of completing the 2 years of supervised hours needed for the LCSW. Every VA is different so you just have to be dilligent and check the job website frequently. Good luck!

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pratimili in Saint Louis, Missouri

37 months ago

Thank you so much and Happy New Year! I would think the same that they would also be willing to take the MSW graduates, those who are under supervision. I am actually almost done with my LCSW supervision and just have not had chance to sit and study for the test. Is there anyway I can email you? I can be reached at pratimili@gmail.com.
Thank you for your insight.
Kindly

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Deb Thompson in Frederick, Maryland

37 months ago

Does anyone know if the UK is still recruiting for US social workers with child protective services experience? What about other European nations? Any information will be greatly appreciated. Cheers! Deb

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Leeza in Indianapolis, Indiana

37 months ago

My understanding is they are not. I am an American, and would also like to hear from any recruiters interested in Americans with MSW's. I was speaking with a recruiter in England and was told last year that they were severely limiting the amount of people they would take who were not EU citizens because of the economy and new immigration law about SW being a shortage field (paraphrasing) and therefore would not be recruiting from outside EU.

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Kimmu in Indianapolis, Indiana

37 months ago

pratimili in Saint Louis, Missouri said: Hi, I have been looking for opprtunities to be part of VA as a Social Worker. I am very interested in getting a job in VA to work with service men and women. I am not sure whether I can qualify as a MSW working on my LCSW. Please guide me though this process.

VA is hard to be a part of because they pay so much more than really any other job outside of private practice. Paying case managers 60,000 a year while the rest of us make in the high 20's low 30's and offering excellent health benefits and paid time off. It is not by any means that the VA overpays SW what they are worth, everyone else should surely catch up, but when most jobs will not pay you over six figures to be a career social a lot of people are going to try and apply for these jobs. They are Not easy to come by and preference always goes to veterans. Consider that each posting has over a thousand applicants all with their LCSW's, and most already have people they have chosen for these positions.

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Rachel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

37 months ago

I am about to graduate with my MSW in April and plan on moving abroad. I was thinking about going to Canada but am not sure about the process. Does anyone know if I should speak to a recruiter or if my MSW will even carry over?

Thanks

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Megan in Belfast, United Kingdom

37 months ago

Im hoping to move from Northern Ireland to either NYC, Canada, or New Zealand. I have BSW and a year practical experience. First choice would be NYC as I love it there. Saw child protection specialist jobs and was wondering are they recruiting from overseas? Would prefer to go through an agency to help with visa sponsorship etc. any info will help me, thanks!

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Bama_MSW in Gadsden, Alabama

36 months ago

I have a MSW from the University of Alabama with 10+ years of experience in child welfare & mental health. I am licensed as a LGSW in Alabama. I would love to work in other parts of the country and even abroad. If there are any recruiters or employers interested, I would appreciate any assistance. Thanks

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Jenny2501 in Raleigh, North Carolina

35 months ago

I am a Spanish-speaking Christian LCSW in the US (with almost 5 years of mental health experience) and am interested in working in Vancouver, Canada. I understand a work visa may be involved, but don't know how possible it would be to work in this area, ease of allocating a work visa and finding a job. Any help would be fabulous.

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pelaes10 in Harlingen, Texas

33 months ago

I am about to graduate in one week with my MSW and really am intrested in working abroad but do not know where to start off at? I'd prefer to work somewhere in the UK but I have read comments saying they are no longer recruiting, does anyone know if this is true? As for "Jenny2501" I just read something on BUNAC you should look them up. They were recruiting people who want to work in Canada.

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USA in Marinette, Wisconsin

32 months ago

In India Many Socital work colleges are their for BSW and MSW .I don't know about Delhi but in Mumbai Tata Institute /Nirmala Niketal /Pune Karve Institute /SNDT University. do your degree from their or you have any other degree then you can work in NGO's or have some social work certificate course . for job Devnet India side you can go .

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USA in Marinette, Wisconsin

32 months ago

sanjit kumar in Delhi, India said: i dont have any experience about it, i am more interested in social work, i would like to perform better in my job.

In India Many Socital work colleges are their for BSW and MSW .I don't know about Delhi but in Mumbai Tata Institute /Nirmala Niketal /Pune Karve Institute /SNDT University. do your degree from their or you have any other degree then you can work in NGO's or have some social work certificate course . for job Devnet India side you can go .

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foodislove in Davao, Philippines

32 months ago

Saf in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates said: Hi Vivian,

I have recently emigrated to Abu Dhabi as my partner was offered an excellent career oportunity within his field of work (I.T).

I have a social work masters degree from the UK and i'm finding it very difficult to find social work opportunities in Abu Dhabi itself. Can you offer any guidance...it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

WEll, I am as well trying to find my luck in Abu Dhabi. I am a psychology graduate I'm looking for job opportunities there. I suggest that you try applying at rehabilitation centers. They are accepting applicants for social workers.

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VFB in Illinois

32 months ago

foodislove in Davao, Philippines said: WEll, I am as well trying to find my luck in Abu Dhabi. I am a psychology graduate I'm looking for job opportunities there. I suggest that you try applying at rehabilitation centers. They are accepting applicants for social workers.

Hello All,

I would also try the hospitals. I do know that John Hopkins Hospital here in the United States have several affiliated hospitals throughout the UAE. So please review their human resources website. In addition, schools and universities (Northwestern University, Cornell, etc.). These ivy lead colleges have campuses in the Middle East.

Best Regards,
VFB

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Mpumi in Kwa-zulu, South Africa

32 months ago

I have a Bsocial work degree and two years experience as a social worker in South Africa. i would like to work at the UK, can someone please help me on where to start in applying, which documents will i need. actually I need help with the whole process from the beginning to the end.

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JoshuaTodd in Oceanside, New York

32 months ago

Mpumi,

Do you know of any social work positions in South Africa ? Thanks

Joshua

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Bethany287 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

23 months ago

abby m in Columbus, Ohio said: I am getting ready to graduate with my BSW in may, and I really want to get a social work job in ireland...can anyone link me to an agency or anyone that might be willing to hire me or contract me. I also have 1 years experience as an intern with the salvation army in their anti human trafficking dept. any info or help would be greatly appreciated

Hello Abby, unfortunately I don't have an answer for you but perhaps someone through NASW could give you some leads? I'm sure Ireland also has an association of social workers too that you may be able to get information from. I would love to hear about your experience working in the anti human trafficking dept, I also have a BSW and am very interested in this field. What are your thoughts? Did you work with case managers, or are there other types of bachelor-level social workers who are involved in the field?

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FKURSUN in Samsun, Turkey

22 months ago

Hello dear,

I am a social worker in Turkey. I am working Child Follow Up Center.. i am working as a family counselor. We are working here child sexual abuse. I want to work in USA as a social worker.. i want to know which documents will i need. actually I need help with the whole process from the beginning to the end.
Thanks for helping.

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Bilel in Leeds, United Kingdom

18 months ago

Hello everyone,

I am a student from UK, on my final year, and my dream to go to Chicago and work. Of course I have a major in Computer Security and Ethical Hacking in Bachelor of Science (Hons).

Can anyone help me how to get a job in Chicago, I tried everything and so far no luck :(

Please help :)

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mamania1

18 months ago

My name is Wadia and I have a MSW since 2008 from Temple University (USA). I have been working in Africa recently and would like to work in Canada or UK if possible as a Social Worker. How do I go about the process for qualifying for any of the Social Work positions? Are there any recruiters looking for US social workers?

Please Assist :-(

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paige in Longwood, Florida

14 months ago

what agency did you use? my husband and I are dying to move to England...what is the name of this recruitment agency please? email me at xlizpaige@aol.com thanks a bunch

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Erin in Cedar Park, Texas

4 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 know this post is from a few years back, but I'm hoping you'll get this message. I am planning to go back to school for my MSW. I currently live in Colorado, but am very interested in moving to Ireland to complete my degree at University College Cork, and would like any information about how the degree might transfer back to the states after graduation. What was your experience with returning to the U.S. with an Irish MSW degree? I was told by UCC that their licensure is built into the MSW program. This being the case, do you know if I would still need to complete the 3000 supervised hours to obtain my LCSW in the U.S.? I am aware that I would still need to go through the process to become licensed in my individual state, but I'm wondering about the title of LCSW in general. I would love to make this happen, but don't want to commit to a path that sets me back several years and dollars! Any information you might offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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Shakiera in Leeds, United Kingdom

1 month ago

Hi Megan

I'm currently studying in my first yr. did you ever fulfill your dream? As that is also my goal.. Although LCSW still doesn't exist over here! This is a profession I'd love to be self employed in xx

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