Preparing for Social Work Fair
February, Spring Semester
The fair is required for all junior social work majors. All social work majors and any student interested in the field of social work are also invited to attend.
Where: Ken Olson Science Center. Plan to be there a full hour. Watch emails for dates/times
To explore potential field practicum sites. There will be over thirty agencies there. Do not be shy. It is recommended you talk to at least 10 different agency representatives so you get a broad feel for the options out there. Include in your list of ten an organization that you would probably not choose, just to broaden your perspective. You will receive a list of agencies attending a few days before the fair. It will be helpful to choose your 10 ahead of time, Google the organizations to give you some background, and then prepare your questions to ask them. Of course you can be spontaneous and meet with more organizations once you are there.
If you have completed your research already, and know the three agencies you would like to interview with, bring your calendar along and some representatives may be able to set this up with you at the fair. If you are not that far along, don’t worry. This is a time to explore many options.
What questions should I ask agency representatives?
Some suggestions are:
Alumni Panel: Do not miss it!
A panel of four or five alumni will speak about their Field Practicum experience: strategies for finding the right placement, what to look for in a supervisor when interviewing, strategies in finding the right match for you, and the realities of their actual placement itself. Come prepared with some questions to ask them and don’t be afraid to speak up—if you have a question, others will probably have the same one.