I really love what I do.
People get into social work for all different reasons. I’m here because I want to make an impact on the world and because I love to learn.
Isn’t it fascinating? All the connections and all the ways that humans experience life.
And isn’t it incredible? The way idealism and knowledge spark one another and keep a fire going.
I have a lot of goals for this blog. I want to advocate for vulnerable people tucked away in little corners of the world. I want to reflect on my own practice and improve. I want to be a credible source of information. I want to help others develop their own careers.
Social workers are like that. We aren’t afraid to work hard and to think big.
As an undergraduate, I studied Anthropology at the University of Georgia. I loved learning about culture and perspective. I loved archaeology, too, and thinking about people who lived long ago. I would imagine myself living in a different time and place, and I would wonder how different I would be.
A few years later I got a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University. That decision was more pragmatic. I researched the jobs I wanted—working with the most vulnerable people—and I saw that they wanted social workers.
Now I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor.
After working in the US in community mental health, I’m pursuing a career in international social work. It’s a tough field to break into. Most people have to volunteer their way in. That’s what I’m doing.
This blog is being written at that stage in my career. I’m excited, inspired, and learning every day.
Please join me. Read, comment, subscribe, or even write a guest post. Let’s go.
Jodi Nelan, LCSW LAC
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