Top 7 Skills Needed To Be A Successful Administrative Social Worker

1. Critical Thinking Skills. As an administrative social worker, your job at times will require you to think outside the box, and come up with solutions to various problems. The solutions to issues are not always simple and straight forward, which is where critical thinking skills come into play. (K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

2. Time Management. Your job requires a lot, and you may have multiple projects going on at once. That’s why it’s vital you learn effective time management skills before becoming an administrative social worker. (DiNitto & Mcneece, 2008, pg. 60-61) (K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

3. Organization. As stated before, you’re doing a lot! You might be working on budgets, managing a team of social workers, meeting legislators, and planning fundraisers. It’s easy to get dates mixed up and paperwork be lost, so organization is key in this job! (DiNitto & Mcneece, 2008, pg. 60-61) (K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

4. Listening & Reading Comprehension. As an administrative social worker, you’re going to be bombarded with information. Whether it be grant proposals, legislative proceedings, medicare laws, or just the day-in and day-out paperwork and meetings, you’ll need to be able to understand and remember most of it. (K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

5. Communication. Like other jobs, administrative social workers need communication skills. This is a job that has an incredibly high level of interaction with people. You need to be able to effectively communicate your ideas and thoughts to others. (K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

6. Leadership. Leadership skills are critical while in a position of leading and guiding others. Without this skill, the risk of everything falling apart is high. As an administrative social worker, you will constantly be in a position of leadership, which is why this skill is crucial to possess.  (Brilliant, 1986, p. 325-30)(K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

7. Perseverance.  It’s going to take time to get into an administrative social work position. On average, it takes about 5-7 years. On top of that, when you do get the job, it won’t always be easy. There will be good days, and bad days. You need to be able to push through. (K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016)

 

Sources:

Brilliant, E. (1986) ‘Social work leadership: A missing ingredient?’ Social Work, vol. 31, pp. 325-30.

DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a
challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
K. Leahey, personal communication, February 2, 2016.

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