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'Lost in transition?': newly educated social workers reflections on their first months in practice [Från socionomstudent till socialarbetare –nyexaminerade socionomers reflektioner kring de första månaderna i yrket]
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia .
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Other academic) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Entering the work of world can involve significant challenges for the beginning practitioner. The transition process from university to work can play an important role in the emerging practitioner’s development as a social worker. The present longitudinal study follows 12 Swedish social work graduates from university and over their first four years in practice. The study provides an insight into how newly educated practitioners may experience the transition from university to the world of work and considers how they can be prepared and supported to meet the challenges of practice within contemporary work contexts. The students were first interviewed just prior to leaving university [see Tham & Lynch (2014). Prepared for practice? Graduating social work students’ reflections on their education, competence and skills. Social Work Education, 33(6), 704–717]. This paper captures the reflections of these students after four months in practice. Feelings of unpreparedness, unorganised, or even ‘chaotic’ perceptions of the workplace and uncertainty about the future were emergent themes, particularly among new practitioners employed in social services. The findings illustrate the vulnerability of these new practitioners and the importance of workplace induction and the provision of adequate support in their new professional roles.

Abstract [sv]

Att inleda sin yrkeskarriär kan innebära avsevärda svårigheter för den nyexaminerade socionomen. Hur övergången från utbildning till arbetsliv sker kan ha en betydelsefull roll för den nyexaminerade socionomens utveckling i yrkesrollen. Föreliggande longitudinella studie följer 12 svenska nyexaminerade socionomer från universitet och under deras fyra första år i yrket. Studien ger en inblick i hur nyexaminerade socionomer kan uppleva övergången från utbildning till yrkesliv och hur de kan förberedas för att möta de utmaningar dagens sociala arbete kan innebära. Studenterna intervjuades första gången strax innan de examinerades från socionomprogrammet (Tham & Lynch, 2014). I föreliggande artikel behandlas de nyexaminerade socionomernas reflektioner efter 4 månader i yrkeslivet. Känslan av att vara oförberedd, upplevelser av bristfälligt organiserade eller till och med kaotiska arbetsplatser och osäkerhet kring den framtida yrkeskarriären var framträdande teman i berättelserna, och då särskilt hos dem som arbetade som socialsekreterare. Nyexaminerade socionomers sårbarhet, vikten av att få en god introduktion till yrket och det stöd som behövs tydliggörs.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Newly educated social workers; expertise; competence; skills
Keyword [sv]
Nyexaminerade socionomer; yrkeskunnande; kompetens; färdigheter
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22940DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2017.1364701Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027882668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22940DiVA: diva2:1051503
Available from: 2016-12-02 Created: 2016-12-02 Last updated: 2017-09-20Bibliographically approved

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