The BSW Alumni Job Survey form
What professional/ academic opportunities you have pursued since completing your BSW?
This summary picture of graduates’ career paths will be used in several ways:
- it will be of interest to students currently in the program who (as you may remember yourself) are always keen to know about the directions and possibilities that open up for BSW graduates.
- it will be integrated into the materials that the School prepares for regular program reviews, for example: the professional re-accreditation review undertaken by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work; and the Undergraduate Program Review conducted by the University. As you would imagine, these various external reviewers are all interested in knowing about BSW graduates’ employment, professional contributions, further study and research/writing.
- it will also help us internally – in the School and in the university – to reflect on curriculum directions and future program needs.
Based on the information you provide, we will generate a summary of our graduates’ work and studies (without, of course, any individual or identifying information).
The MSW Survey form
Share your reflections looking back on the program and tell us about what kinds of work and professional/ academic opportunities you have pursued since completing your MSW.
This summary picture of graduates’ career paths and reflections will be used in several ways (all, of course, without any individual or identifying information):
- it will be of interest to students currently in the program who (as you may remember yourself) are always keen to know about the directions and possibilities that open up for MSW graduates.
- it will be integrated into the materials that the School prepares for regular program reviews, for example: the professional re-accreditation review undertaken by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education; and the academic program reviews conducted by the University as part of provincial government quality assurance processes. As you would imagine, these various external reviewers are all interested in knowing about MSW graduates’ program feedback, employment, professional and research pathways, and further studies.
- it will also help us internally – in the School and in the University – to reflect on curriculum directions and future program needs.
Inquiry into Anti-Oppression
In the fall of 2006 we enrolled in Inquiry into Anti-Oppression: Facilitating the Dialogue (or '4Q' as we Mac students like to call it). This course gave us the opportunity to act as facilitators for groups of students taking Social Work 2BB3 - Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Policies and Practices in Social Work. Within 4Q we worked to problem solve, share our critical moments, and learn together by engaging in dialogue within our intimate class setting about situations arising from our facilitation groups.
When 4Q came to a close,
we knew that we had shared something beyond just taking a class together; we had truly learned from each other and with each other. So we did not hesitate to agree when our professors encouraged us to share our experiences at the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work conference at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
After an enormous amount of worry, stress, and laughter we managed to put a proposal together for a panel presentation entitled"Facilitating Anti-Oppressive Dialogue through Personal Inquiry: A New Model of Learning for Social Work Practice."
Our concept of a new learning model in social work practice was well received, and may be implemented within other schools and social work agencies. We felt that we had made many accomplishments after it was over and done. 4Q was more than just a class for us, it was a life experience and we were glad we were able to share it with others. Now that we have completed our presentation, we are working towards submitting the presentation as a paper to various social work journals, so hopefully you will be able to actually experience our presentation in greater detail...
The 4Q participants and where they are now…
- Kristina Balogh: Children’s Aid Society, Hamilton
- Aida Carlos: MSW program, Ryerson University
- Jennifer Fortino: BA/BSW, McMaster University
- Terri-Ann Henry: MSW program, York University
- Leslee Lovelace: Family Service Worker, Leeds and Grenville Family and Children Services, Brockville
- Megan Neil: MSW, Kings College, University of Western Ontario
- Meaghan Ross: Sexual Violence Response Coordinator, Office of Equity Services, McMaster University
- Amanda Semley: Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Hamilton