Rupal - Principal Social Worker

Name: Rupal

Job Role: Principal Social Worker

Year qualified: 2004

Why I became a social worker:

After completing my graduation in Business Administration, all expected me to further complete a Masters in business administration; however, my father encouraged and motivated me to study social work, knowing the altruistic kind of person I am, he said “Social work will suit you best, you are not made for the business world!”. I became a social worker with a passion to help and support vulnerable people/children/families and build communities. I believe the profession helps make world a better place, a safe place, and knowing I am able to contribute to it in even in the tiniest possible way, makes me want to work within social care/families directorate.

Three tips for achieving good social work practice: 

  1. Focus on building positive relationships with families you work with as well as your colleagues. Connecting with others on a human level will make things a lot easier.  
  2. Prioritise self-care. Invest time in a hobby or activity you enjoy. Give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to relax, rewind and rejuvenate.
  3. Embrace your social graces, believe in yourself. Be aware of cultural differences and refrain from making assumptions - be curious, ask questions. Keep an open mind as learning never stops.