Adult Protective Services may be a decent opportunity for a newly graduate student looking to gain experience in social services. Work environment is very stressful as you deal with non-complaint clients, alleged perpetrators and others involved in investigations.
You have to have thick skin and even temperament and patience. You are exposed to substandard, unsanitary and hazardous living conditions. Workers are also in contact with violent and dangerous individuals and areas of the city.
The hardest part of the job is dealing with management, they are out of touch of what case workers due and have a lot of unrealistic goals.
The most enjoyable part of the job was actually being able to alleviate neglect to some clients who were complaint and willing to receive help from worker. Also, the flexibility is the main reason why many workers stay, the money is not equivalent to cost of living; pay is at poverty level.
It is a good job to gain about two-three years of experience and move on to greater opportunities, there is no growth or real advancement after the 4th year for workers.
Pay, Management, No Growth