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Social Work and Community Welfare Expo

Social Work and Community Welfare Expo


Often students say to us, you know, Social
Welfare is so broad. We are not sure what we can actually do with
those degrees so it’s an opportunity for them to see the different things that they
can do. We had one of our fantastic Alumni Jessica Hamey, come and talk about her
role as a Child Protection Case Worker with the Family and Community Services. We
then heard from another one about of our Alumni’s Bellie Sankovic, who is the CEO of the
Western Sydney Community Forum. Then we also heard from Executive Director Kate
Alexander also from Family Services. I wish they had this last year when I was
graduating because I just thought it was so amazing. I felt inspired just
listening to all the other speakers and I guess getting a bit more of an idea
about how things are going to look in the future for these students, it’s great. We invited
just over 30 exhibiters to come and meet with our students. There’s so many different services here so
they can get a taste of what it’s like from different sectors, different
organisations. Large Government some with a very small team and just to get a bit of an
idea of what they want to do. That opportunity for students to engage
with industry is critical and I think it’s important for students to be able
to understand all the various and diverse contexts that they can
contribute to and part of. You can never get into a realm like Social Work and
not have volunteered in a day in your life. For an organisation like JCA, volunteers are the
heart and soul of our organisation. They drive the work that we do and we wouldn’t
exist if volunteers weren’t as passionate as they were. It’s such an important event for us, as students,
because we can network with organisations and network with students that
we don’t get to see all the time. It’s such a beneficial step for our future. Talking to a lot of people who
didn’t know what they want to do when they were a “First Year” like me it’s been really
reassuring to know that I don’t have to define myself too soon and I have time
to look around and really decide what I’m passionate about where I want to go. I realised that
all the things that you learnt and all those people who told you you can do
anything with your Social Work Degree is actually true. There is so much you can
apply it to and it’s exciting, it’s good to know that you can take those skills and
really make a change to the people’s lives.

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