If you start your day by thinking "I hate being a social worker!" and feel stuck in your life, I've got good news for you. I have a way out for you!
First of all, I want to start by telling you that I'm truly sorry for your situation. It's never a good thing when a person doesn't like or actually hates their profession.
While everyone's story and reasons are different, I want you to know you are not alone in your situation like you can see from this video by Tony Moze:
The thing is, that this seems to be almost universal. Most people simply don't enjoy their jobs. And to an extent, this is fine in my opinion. Work is work after all.
But once you become unable to endure and stand your profession, this becomes a real issue. Your mental health and livelihood are at stake.
The bad news is that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The reason you hate your career might be because of universal reasons, not everyone can adapt to the harsh requirements of modern working life. And there's nothing wrong with that.
But the silver lining is that you are a well-educated, intelligent person. You have plenty of options. I'm going to show you one you might not have considered before.
Challenges Of Being A Social Worker
As a social worker, you likely have a master’s degree in social work or at least a bachelor's degree. You probably chose the profession so you could help those less fortunate.
Many social workers have less than ideal backgrounds themselves and this is their driving motivation for helping others.
Especially people in child welfare often have chosen their profession because of their own experiences growing up. They feel like they can relate to their client's situation.
But the fact is that nothing could have probably prepared you for the things you will see as a social worker.
There are a lot of bad things and bad people in this world and unfortunately, social workers have to deal with a lot of them.
From alcohol and drug abuse, social alienation, and loneliness to family violence, child abuse and. The real-life horror stories are a part of the social workers' jobs description.
You can see and hear things at your occupation that can make your stomach twist, spend a lot of sleepless nights and even lose all hope for humanity.
To make things worse it seems to be generally accepted in the profession that you just have to have tough skin. Social workers aren't allowed to feel depressed or bad about the things they see in their job.
For more practical reasons you might hate your job is that social workers often don't really get compensated well enough considering how important and demanding their jobs are.
I'm sure you didn't become a social worker for the money, but if you are feeling exhausted after your workdays and are struggling to make the ends meet, this can really make you hate your job.
Like in many other professions, you might also feel like you don't really get to do what you are trained for. Your time is eaten up by bureaucracy, paperwork and computer systems and the actual time left for helping people is too little.
In the worst-case scenario you can't help your customer because of some legal or political obstacle, which will leave you beyond frustrated.
You Are A Helper
But here's the thing. You have a set of skills that are truly unique. To become a social worker you have had to pass a tight screening.
You have to be both analytically and emotionally intelligent to become a social worker. You need to possess integrity, organization skills, persuasion skills, social perceptiveness, active listening skills just to name a few of the skills you need every as a social worker.
You have also had to pass many levels of training from grade school to high school to university. Just the fact that you have a bachelor's or master’s degree means you are an intelligent, capable and hardworking person.
But the one trait you likely possess as a social worker above anything else is empathy. The true capability of placing yourself into other people's positions and being willing to help them, even at the expense of your own benefit.
This, of course, means that you have to have very good self-awareness and the ability to set boundaries. Otherwise, you will end up burning yourself out in a heartbeat as a social worker.
This is probably one of the reasons you might hate have ended up hating becoming a social worker.
You see while empathy is the trait that actually makes you a decent human being, it's also the trait that can end up causing you extreme stress and anxiety.
Many empathetic people that work as social workers, nurses or other social care occupations can end up feeling socially drained after workdays.
Your mind might be constantly thinking about your patient's/clients' issues even after the workday is over. Even if you can shut that chatter down, you probably often feel completely exhausted after work.
But I have good news for you, the fact that you are a capable person who wants to help people out means that there are great options for you.
You Can Use These Skills To Help Many
What if I told you that you can use your ability to put yourself into other people's shoes combined with the intelligence and perseverance that you possess as demonstrated by your degree?
That you could use these skills to help find people all over the world to find solutions to their problems and at the same time create passive income for yourself?
I'm talking about leveraging the knowledge and skill you already have to create an online business. Please hear me out even if you don't feel interested. This is really useful stuff to know!
There are more people than ever using the Internet. More online searches are made than ever before. Just think about, the last time you needed to find an answer to something, what did you do?
You probably went into Google and searched for the information. Maybe it was looking for what to cook, maybe what phone to get, for restaurants, etc. you get the picture.
Now when you search something online, a page of search results turns up.
Behind every single one of those pages is a human being that has created the content. And there are over 4.5 Billion pages of information on the Internet.
OK, some of them are machine written, but most have been created by fellow humans.
There are people looking for information on subjects you could provide answers for. Your own personal expertise, be it professional or personal life, is valuable.
And don't think you don't know enough, I promise you to do. You can help other people out.
So how does this work?
Well, the business model I'm following and recommend to you is about creating useful content on your own website.
You create content people can find and you recommend products that offer a solution to their problem. You help people.
This solution can be your own service or in many cases a physical product or a digital service.
You can get income through what's called affiliate marketing if you recommend other companies' products. You essentially refer a customer and you get paid.
This all happens through a link and can be automated so that the only work you actually put in is creating the content and setting up the links.
The content you create will work for you on automation for years to come. Every time someone finds the content through search engines and clicks the affiliate link and buys something, you get income on automation.
Now if you have hundreds of pages of content and thousands of visitors every day, this can add up to a very significant income. Much more than your regular day job.
I'm sure you are seeing the potential here. You can earn income on automation after the initial setup, work from anywhere in the world and have complete freedom. Must be expensive right?
Here's the thing. Creating your own online business costs next to nothing compared to regular business. But it takes serious work, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
At the bare minimum all you need is a hosting service to run your online business. I do however recommend investing in some training.
How To Help The Whole World
If you got interested in starting your own online business, I created a free 7-day course that helps you get started.
The course is based on Wealthy Affiliate, which is a training platform that trains regular people how to turn their professional knowledge or their passions into profitable online businesses.
I've been a part of the community for a couple of years now and I have two money producing websites.
There are thousands of success stories from people who have followed the training and put in the work.
Actually everyone who has had the persistence to whit stand the initial growth phase and stuck with it has eventually succeeded.
Some people have made fortunes in a very short time. You can check some of the success stories so you don't have to take my word for it.
Wealthy Affiliate is completely free to start, they don't even ask for your credit card so definitely check them out.
They are not just a training platform but they actually have all the tools you need to run your business:
I'm sorry you hate your career as a social worker but I hope this post could provide you with a glimpse of hope.
I want you to know that you are not alone in your situation, many people feel just like you.
That's why I recommend you make the decision to start working for a better tomorrow by starting an online business of your own on the side.
It is my mission to help as many people as possible to succeed in creating success on their own terms so they don't have to be stuck in a career they hate.
That's why I offer my full support if you join my free course or Wealthy Affiliate through my links.
I will personally see it through that you will have the best possible chance to succeed. You can literally contact me anytime about anything concerning your online business and I will do my best to help you out.
The only thing I ask from you is that you try to find the solution first yourself, this is because this stuff is a lot about applying yourself. You can't expect someone to hold your hand on the long run.
Follow the training at Wealthy Affiliate, apply what you learn, do it consistently and over time you will eventually succeed.
I want you to also know this takes time. You will need to be willing to create content several times per week for several months to start seeing success.
I know this sounds like much at first but it gets easier with practice like everything in life. It actually becomes a habit and soon you do it on automation.
I truly think that the benefits of having your own income-producing website or website is simply so incredible that anyone who stumbles upon this information should take advantage of it.
The sooner you start, the sooner you'll see success.
Thanks for reading and see you on the other side!