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The need to care for others is perhaps one of the most significant needs that one has when entering the social work field Although I do not want to work directly with patients I do believe that I have a passion and need to help people I am interested in working behind the scenes in the administrative aspect of this field However I still believe that caring for others is why I choose to initially study social service work The need to care is important to the structure and balance of our society Every individual has the potential to provide something important and beneficial to the community in which they are a part of however due to a variety of socio-economic barriers not everybody is able to make that contribution It is in the principal of social service workers to empower members of the community to take action for themselves and help them contribute to society And as much as wanting to care for others is important in this field this need can become a challenge if not handled properly -- For example although you may have a strong need to help an individual they may not want your help In this reading titled Becoming a Helper by Corey Corey the author acknowledges the principle that although it is important to care for others one should not forget to care for themselves ---- Otherwise it is easy to become burned out and have little left to offer --- The need to reciprocate plays an important role in my life and is one of the greatest motivations behind my choice of entering the social work field I was quite fortunate to have come across many important role models over the past few years These people have provided me with bundles of positive advice and helped to steer me in the right direction And with this amazing knowledge that I was provided comes
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