Meet our Students

Sophie

Sophie

Bachelor of Human Services

The best thing about studying a social work course is that the focus is on people - their problems, needs, strengths and how they interact with and adapt to their environment.

The social work course has allowed me to find my passion for supporting the most vulnerable groups in our society. This course has guided me through the need to consider a person in their environment and consequently all different aspects of one's life in order to provide support and fill the gap where other professions aren't necessarily able to assist.

The compulsory placement opportunities embedded into the course has allowed me to apply my theoretical knowledge and skills to direct practice and provided invaluable insight into a social worker's role in the real world.

I have had countless opportunities to network. The social work department and its associates are a fantastic group of individuals with endless amounts of time to support students to achieve their goals.

The best part of being a social work student at Monash is the friends I have made. University life has provided many opportunities to make friends with people who truly care about the same issues as me. These are friendships that are going to last a lifetime!


Jacinta

Jacinta

Bachelor of Human Services

Studying Social Work was such a great experience for me. Not only did I gain part time employment from my first placement, but I got asked to do the Honours program, and I just landed my second job in the field with a dream organisation full time!

Social work is an incredibly broad area of work with many different ideas and theoretical underpinnings. What worked for me was learning about a particular theory that I really liked and then applying it to my assignments. The beauty of doing a social work course is that you can usually choose what you would like to discuss in an assignment, allowing you to really picture yourself in the role of a social worker and use your tools to plan out a course of action to support the fictional people in your case study.


Penny

Penny

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (specialising in Social Work)

As an international social work student, I think culture is the most amazing thing I have experienced. Social work is a human science. All human beings live in cultural environments. To be a good social worker, you need to understand human behaviour in certain cultural environments. The most helpful thing for me when I first started the course was to identify myself first: analysing my experience of being a human being, analysing how family, cultural background and society contexts foster me, and how these things guide my behaviour. Identifying myself helps me lessen the confusion of studying social work in a unfamiliar social context, and helps me understand my strengthens and disadvantages of how I can serve the Australian society or how I can learn from Australian social work to serve the Chinese society.

As social work is an applied/practical science, all the theories and practical methods I learned give me a belief that I can achieve my dream of helping people and making society better step by step. And it is a wonderful exploration to apply the theories and methods into practices. During this exploration, it is amazing to perceive the uniqueness of individuals, and to explore the interacting network among human beings that interweave in different cultures and societies.


Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

I decided to enrol in the course after working in the human services sector for a few years, and becoming frustrated about how systems within this sector operate. I had realised how important the role of a skilled advocate can be for disadvantaged members of the community, and wanted to develop the skills and knowledge to make a bigger contribution in this diverse sector.

The course is delivered by excellent academic staff, with a wealth of practice experience. Throughout the course, strong emphasis is placed on the ways in which the social work profession can support social justice and sustainable communities. After the challenging and intensive experience of completing the theoretical and practical components of course, I now feel equipped with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a career that I love, and that can positively affect others. I would encourage future students with a passion for people to consider this course.


Sakina

Elizabeth

Bachelor of Human Services

This course is so unique with many different pathways including specializing in areas such as child protection, mental health services, community based services, age care, school social worker, policy making, human rights and social justice.

The course gives students the opportunity to work in the field while on placement before they even move to their career professionally. I had my first placement in a primary school where I had the opportunity to work with students, staff members and parents from 52 different cultures that I had never worked with before. Placement experience allows students to use their theories learnt in classes practically. Some students are also lucky enough to get their first professional job from their placement experiences.


'In Conversation' / Master of Social work

Two former and one current student sit down for an open and honest conversation about social work, life at Monash and their careers.

Episode 1 /
Why Social Work?

Episode 2 /
Studying at Social Work

Episode 3 /
A Career in Social Work