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Lately I've been completely lost about what I want to do with the rest of my life. I'm nearly halfway through my second year of university and I've realized I hate my program. I've dropped 3 classes, and don't even want to continue next semester.

I've been searching (and discarding) so many possibilities, and now I've suddenly stumbled upon Social Work. Ever since joining Scarleteen, and reading the forum, I've wanted to do something that could help people, but for some reason, Social Work has never crossed my mind, until now.

I'm not even sure what I'm trying to accomplish by posting here, other than to get some thoughts on Social Work, and what it entails exactly. I'm a pretty emotional person, and I'm wondering if it's something I'd even be able to do.

Anyways, thoughts? Comments?


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You're not the only person to have discovered career interests through participation at Scarleteen! I definately know I'm not the first to delve into nursing/sexual health as a result of evaluating what I do here and why.

Depends on what type of social work you mean; recently it's been reduced to mean jobs such as counselor, therapist, or state social worker. Otherwise, it refers to jobs that directly serve and help people.. firefighters, police, nurses/doctors, teachers, the list goes on! See which one interests you the most based on what you seem to pay the most attention to.

With any one, you definately need to stay in university; heck, that alone means you're further ahead than many! Try talking to a counselor at your school about career interest evaluations/assessments and possibly changing your major. Getting re-committed to something you're genuinely interested in could help immensely.

Sure, there are things you think you might not be able to handle -- here I am wanting to become a nurse, and I'm pretty squeamish! Social work can be pretty emotionally draining on many, but you also do a lot of good, just as any job/career you go into will have ups and downs.

I think you should go for it. You're a warm-hearted, intelligent young woman and seem to have a lot to offer! Why not call for an appointment with the counselor to consider making a change?

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