Starting a new social work placement is a great opportunity to put your learning from university into practice. The process of becoming a professional social worker involves acquiring a set of skills and knowledge that you can apply confidently in practice situations. Of course, it is not unusual to feel out of your depth like Yasmin or to believe that none of what you have learned on your course is going to be of any use in the ‘real world’ of practice. In fact, like Jodie, you almost certainly know more than you think you do You will also have people involved in your placement who are there specifically to help you make the connections between theory and practice and move further along the road towards becoming a skilled, competent social worker. This chapter will help to increase your confidence by identifying your strengths as well as the areas where you may need further support from practice educators, university tutors and others. It also offers useful tips on how to make the most of the learning available to you on placement.
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