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Social workers are lifelong learners who value ongoing continuing education throughout their career. Continuing education requirements vary from one state to another; some boards require only a specific number of hours, while others mandate continuing education in certain topics such as social work ethics. You will find plenty of continuing education courses offered online and in your community for varying costs. Keep in mind that your state licensing board has final approval on any continuing education course from any source on any subject. It is your responsibility as a regulated social worker to contact your board and verify that your continuing education plans meet your board’s requirements. Be sure to keep careful records of all continuing education courses you complete through your employer, at conferences, trainings, workshops, and online. It is your responsibility to provide proof of continuing education when you apply to renew your social work license.Gain additional experience and build connections.

  1. Build skills, make contacts and learn more about your desired profession through volunteering. Call a few nonprofits you are interested in pursuing and ask if you can provide regular volunteer help. Commit to a regular schedule so that you can demonstrate your professional strengths. Also consider occasional volunteer opportunities at additional organizations in the community. Even one Saturday volunteer project may open your eyes to types of work you had not considered before and connect you to like-minded peers. Remember, volunteering is a great addition to any social work resume.
  2. You may desire a full time position but consider taking per diem or temporary social work positions while you search. These opportunities expand your work experience and skills, increase your professional network and may even lead to permanent employment.