My Personal Values Essay

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Stacey Wilson
October 14, 2011
Swrk 251
Social work value essay

My mother likes to tell the story of when I was four years old going to my reading circle. While I was waiting for my reading circle to start, I noticed a baby crying so I picked up toys and started shaking them and making the baby smile. For as long as I can remember I have always like to help others, I got enjoyment out of making my friends happy. Whenever one of my friends had a problem I was always there for them, to listen to them and give them support. This has translated to me always wanting to have a career in the helping profession. Originally, I had planned to be a psychologist. Since college, I have learned both about psychology and the social work profession, and feel that I will be better suited to be a social worker. This paper explains why I want to be a social worker through my personal experiences, shows how my personal experiences has shaped me into being a social worker, and how they relate to the social work code of ethics.

First, I want to explain how my personal experiences relate to the specific concepts that are related to social work. As a person I have always been accepting of others. Growing up I have always accepted anyone who wanted to be my friend. I had many friends with different ideas or opinions. I have always enjoyed listening to what my friends had to say, and how they perceived certain things. Since college I have broaden my horizons and have enjoyed learning about other people’s cultures and religions. I especially enjoyed my comparative studies of religion course, and learning about Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. I am also a non-judgmental person. Growing up I never picked my friends based on their looks, wealth, sexual orientation, or popularity in school. When I get to know someone I like them for who they are, whether it be funny, energetic, unique, artistic, or smart. I personally was judge because my hair was very big and frizzy, like in the eighties. I never enjoyed being judge like that and therefore do not like to judge others based on outward appearances, or wealth.

There are many situations in which I try to be objective. Growing up if my friend had a problem, with another person, I try to be objective and present a reason why the other person may be acting that way towards them. Also, I work at a small grocery store, and there has been plenty of occasions where I have had rude customers. I never take it personally because I don’t know what type of day, week or year they are having. I have learned that until I get to know someone I don’t know the big picture about that person.

When I was in high school I learned a valuable lesson on self-determination. My best friend was having a hard time and I was giving her suggestions and pushing my opinion of what she should do. We ended up getting into an argument. It was then that I learned that even though I want to make someone happy or feel better, in the end they are going to make the decision on what to do. Later that day I apologized for telling her what to do. I have since learned that although I may have a different opinion on how to handle a situation, the best thing to do is to present the idea to someone but give them the freedom to make whatever decision they want to. Another example was when my coworker and friend told me she was thinking about joining the Air Force. I told her that my worries would be that she may face some discrimination as a woman, and that I heard boot camp was very tough, but I think that the air force does offer a lot of opportunities, and I encouraged her to do some more research. I also gave her some contact information of another friend of mine. He is in the air force and doing work that is similar to what my coworker wants to do. I also understand the importance of confidentiality. When a person tells me something in confidence it is because they trust me, and trust that I won’t share the information. When my...
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