Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Final Year

On Monday, I begun the final year of my masters.

12 months until I finish my degree, 14 months until I can register as a qualified social worker, 15 months until I graduate. 

I am not someone who likes to wish time away but I am so ready to get this year ticked off and begin my career as a practitioner. This year is going to be hard. I’ve only been back four days and already have 5 online assessments to complete before Sunday. I’ve done 3 so far and plan to finish them today but I guess this is why you never hear anyone say a masters degree is easy. And, I guess it shouldn’t be either because if it were easy, everyone would have one and it wouldn’t necessarily carry the same value.

So whilst I’m not naive to the fact I may become a hermit this year and have no social life, I am really looking forward to my final placement. I’ve met my team and supervisor, and genuinely couldn’t ask for a better team or have a better supervisor. I know I’m going to have a great experience which will hopefully put me in a good position when it comes to applying for jobs.

I always think the first week of the academic term is a little overwhelming. I mean, being told you need to do 5 online assessments, 3500 word assignment, 100 day placement with portfolio, 3500 case analysis and 10,000 word dissertation is enough to make anyone run a mile but I am more determined than ever to do well. I always aim to achieve highly and the perfectionist in me will not let me merely scrape through. I’m just reminding myself to take one thing at a time and look after myself too. Work/life balance is important.

Theodore Roosevelt once said

‘Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well’ 

I hope he’s right. 

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