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As a social worker, you can help people overcome challenges and empower them to make the most of their lives.
Massey boasts the best, the biggest and the longest-serving (since 1976) four-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in the country. And our highly sought-after, internationally recognised degree guarantees you a lifelong career that can take you across the country and around the world to countries such as Canada, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and the United States. Just to name a few.
Every year, we find work experience for more than 200 students like you in placements throughout New Zealand to make sure you get that vital hands-on experience in the real world.
Our highly regarded social work degree equips you with all the skills needed to understand people and communities in the modern world as you work with them to better their lives.
Want to start making your mark on the lives of others? And enjoy a fulfilling career that can take you right to the top of the profession around the world? Then join us today on a journey for success. Our promise to you? We’ll be with you every step of the way. So what are you waiting for?
“The BSW programme is an excellent basis on which to advance one's working career and perspective on life…”
The BSW provides an excellent opportunity to develop: sound analytical skills; knowledge around theory; an ability to work with people; and practical social work skills. Coupled with this is an excellent group of lecturers and teaching staff who provide support to students both inside and outside of lecture times. It is a whanau-orientated programme that can lead to many opportunities. These learning outcomes help set the students up for a range of working opportunities both internal and external to the social work field. Since completing the BSW degree I have worked with NZCYPS as a social worker, at polytech as a tutor of sociology, at a hospital in Māori health, and currently as Manager of Public Health in Wanganui. Much of my success I owe to the BSW programme and staff. It's well worth the four years of hard, but enjoyable, study
The New Zealand Social Work Registration Board has approved this four-year degree. It is one of the few internationally recognised social work qualifications in New Zealand, and many of our graduates are working in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
What kind of jobs can you get in social work?
A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. You could be a field operator working in the community or you could be a professional advisor in a hospital or a district health board. You might choose to be a policy expert working with government. Or you could travel overseas to the jungles of Papua New Guinea to work within a village setting. The options are endless. And endlessly meaningful. Social workers make a difference in many areas around the world including:
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