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Pros and Cons of Becoming a Community Support Worker (CSW)

Jul 19, 2021 10:42:45 AM

Many people are drawn to a career as a community support worker (CSW) out of a desire to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals.

CSWs give at-risk people the tools and resources they need to overcome their challenges and rebuild their lives.

This role is about offering compassionate, practical support to those in need. And it can be very rewarding.

But of course, there are advantages and drawbacks to every job. You should have a full picture of what to expect before you commit to a career path.

Read on to discover the major pros and cons of becoming a CSW, and see if this role truly is your calling.

What Skills Do You Learn in a CSW Diploma? Top 6 Takeaways

Jun 2, 2021 12:52:28 PM

Image: Students in the CSW diploma program at Herzing College

A Community Support Worker (CSW) diploma is a quick, efficient way to start a career in social services.  

If you want to do front-line work in your community, but don’t want to earn a university degree in social work, a CSW diploma is a good alternative.

It takes just 11 months to complete the program. 

We have been delivering CSW training (both on campus and online) for several years.

Students always say their favourite part of the program is the hands-on training in counselling. Plus the real experience they get on internship at a local community organization. 

Most students are excited to get out there and start working with people in need. They’re not interested in spending years studying social work history and theory.  

So, exactly what topics and skills are covered in a CSW diploma? How does it prepare you for the challenges of supporting at-risk people?

Read on for a good preview of what you’ll be learning in class.

Top 10 Community Service Worker Skills & Qualifications

May 26, 2021 4:33:27 PM

Wondering if you have what it takes to be a community service worker (CSW)? 

CSWs deliver front-line services that have a real impact on the lives of their fellow Canadians.

They assist people who are dealing with serious social and personal challenges, including addiction, unemployment, homelessness, domestic abuse, poor mental health, and more.

You need specific training and a special skillset to succeed in this role.

Are you a good fit?

In this post, we outline the top 10 community service worker skills and qualifications.

This is what you'll need to make a positive impact in people's lives and build a successful career in social services.

4 Popular Career Options After Community Services Worker Training

Jul 16, 2018 5:28:03 PM

A group of Community Services Worker students at Herzing College Ottawa

What will your life look like after community services worker (CSW) training? Where will you work, and who will you work with?

This is, obviously, a key question for anyone considering a career in community services.

Our goal in this post is to give you a clearer idea of your options and opportunities as a freshly graduated CSW.

Top 10 Skills for Community Support Workers: Is This Career for You?

Jul 11, 2018 10:47:13 AM

Updated March 2021

Wondering if a career in social services is right for you? One of the best ways to figure that out is by looking at the skills you'll need to succeed on the job.

If those qualities match up with your profile and interests, chances are you're a good fit for the role.  And if they don't? You're probably better off in another career.

In this post, we're looking at what it takes to be an effective community support worker (CSW). We break down the top 10 characteristics, interests, and skills needed to really thrive in this job.

By the end, you'll know if a CSW career makes sense for you, and exactly how to get started.

Should You Become a Community Service Worker? Advice for New Students

Jun 25, 2018 7:11:43 PM

Updated December, 2020

What's drawing you to a career in social work?

Some of our students have experienced the Canadian community services system first-hand—and are inspired to pay forward the help they received.

Others feel a strong sense of social justice, and want a career that focuses on improving the society we live in.

And we often train students who have a particular goal in mind—like working specifically with neglected children, mothers escaping domestic abuse, or new immigrants who need help adjusting to life in Canada.

If you're not totally sure which career path you would choose, or if community services worker training is right for you, take a few minutes to think about your mindset, motivations, and professional goals.

By the end of this post, you'll have a much clearer idea of whether you should pursue training (plus some handy links and steps for what to do next).

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