Remembering your “why”

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” 

Bryce Courtenay

I often recall how I fell into social work when invited to consider applying for a Financial Counsellor role locally.  I was studying Bachelor of Business at the time and this role changed my career choice immensely as well as my university degree.

Over my social work career, I have loved all my roles and the diversity of both clients and the work itself.  Generalist social worker, mental health clinician and Community Development Officer.

 I initially came to private practice after applying for accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker and initially began in a one day a week capacity.  The role I was in at the time didn’t have any direct client work and I found I was missing this.  Ironically, I now miss the community development and education role and I often have the ongoing discussion in my mind of how this could be managed in a private capacity.

I love working with clients and watching them grow.  It is such a privilege to be part of their lives. 

I continue to have a foot in both the public and private systems and do this for many different reasons as not everyone has the financial ability to pay for a service and these are subsidised in the public system.  Conversely, 9 to 5 Monday to Friday appointments isn’t suitable for everyone and the public system doesn’t always fit in with clients needs and/or preferred worker or therapy.  There are always positives and negatives for both, both for the clients and me. 

I also need to balance my needs[s) and this includes my professional development and my work/life balance.  The flexibility that working for myself has been beneficial and this was paramount when my health needed more attention.  Working two days in the public arena and 3 days privately is a great split for me and helps me juggle the delicate balance of life and all its complications.

Now that my health is on a better keel, I now find myself at a new crossroad and I am changing my public health capacity to a new direction as a part time oncology social worker, and I am really looking forward to working in a new role for me.  I am also looking forward to working with an experienced multidisciplinary team, one that will assist me (and the clients) on this new journey.  I have so much to learn.

Endings and beginnings are both happy and sad – sad to leave the old organisation and looking forward to the new.  Sometimes priorities change – both personally and professionally.