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Become a registered social worker with Massey’s Bachelor of Social Work. As a social worker, you can advocate for structural change, engage in community development and help people overcome challenges to enhance individual and whānau wellbeing.
Massey is the longest-serving (since 1976) four-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our highly sought-after, internationally recognised degree will offer you a lifelong career that can take you across the country and around the world.
Our highly regarded degree equips you with all the skills needed to understand and work alongside people and communities in the modern world.
Want to work towards a role that has a positive impact on individuals, families, groups and communities? Want to enjoy a fulfilling career that can give you great employment opportunities and further career development pathways? Open to personal and professional development and keen to work with diverse communities? Then join us today on a journey of self-discovery and success. Our promise to you? We’ll be with you every step of the way. So what are you waiting for?
“Studying at Massey University was a no-brainer. The social work degree is internationally recognised, providing the opportunity to work further afield if that became an option for me…”
Tihei mauri ora!
The day of a social worker is never the same, encountering different situations and people impacted by social and personal issues. If you are a problem solver, reliable, good at communicating, relatable, understanding, empathetic or willing to learn these attributes you have the potential to make a promising social worker.
Social work is challenging and every day I am learning and adding to my kete. My aim is to continue to inspire and encourage all whānau to thrive and succeed to better not just their own wellbeing but those around them as well.
I am from a big family in which some of my siblings are whangai – being brought up through the social welfare system. I chose social work because all children and their whānau deserve to have opportunities to thrive.
Studying at Massey University was a no-brainer. The social work degree is internationally recognised, providing the opportunity to work further afield if that became an option for me. I chose Massey as I liked how the degree was set up, the selection of courses I could chose and the dedication from the staff to help and support you along the way.
As a Māori I could have easily chosen to study at the many Māori education facilities that are available, however I am glad I chose Massey as the support from not only the Māori staff but my bursary programme Te Rau Puawai was instrumental to my journey to become a social worker and now as a social worker. Te Rau Puawai gave me the opportunities to connect with other students studying and working in the health profession which aided me in completing my studies.
Studying at Massey University has provided me a broad and sound knowledge of what social work is all about. It set me up to face the daily challenges of the “life of a social worker” and has allowed me to reflect not just as a professional but on a personal level. I am able to understand and apply the skills I have learnt throughout my degree to help my whānau, my friends and my clients.
A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. Social workers work across all age groups and you will have opportunities to work in many different areas, in non-government or statutory organisations, for example:
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