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ERIC Number: EJ1068540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Early Career Patterns for Social Work Graduates
Choi, Mi Jin; Urbanski, Paul; Fortune, Anne E.; Rogers, Crystal
Journal of Social Work Education, v51 n3 p475-493 2015
This study examines master's of social work graduates' early careers. Six cohorts graduating from 2002 through 2007 (N = 246) completed a questionnaire 9-15 months after graduation. Most reported adequate or exceptional preparation on both generalist and advanced concentration practice behaviors. Almost all direct practice graduates and 2/3 of macro graduates found employment doing functions for which they had prepared. However, 10% never worked in their practice method specialization, highlighting the relevance of skills in the generalist curriculum. Salaries were higher for macro graduates and for graduates performing macro functions (regardless of concentration). Nearly 1/2 of all graduates had moved jobs (and improved their salaries) within 15 months of graduation, but few moved into administrative functions or engaged in professional leadership activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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