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what's sociology like? what's the difference btw sociology and social work? anyone know? why did you make the switch? was it due to unemployment? pay? hardship? please help!
this is long……. i too made the switch. i did not work in sociology per se, though i wanted to go to graduate school and travel the world doing research initially. life happened and i worked in social work for many years. i switched to nursing because of my poor work experience.
first my starting pay was about $23,000/year. i was living in poverty equivalent to the people i was trained and educated to help. i moved up in the world to make a whopping $26,000/year and was not considered impoverished by federal standards and had to pay back student loans i could not afford. not to mention, i had a difficult time being heard (advocating for my clients). administrators treated social workers, to include the masters prepared ones, like dirt. they thought we had our hearts on our sleeves and did not have a brain in our heads. so, i got tired of the poor pay and treatment and went back to school for my mba. i switched to nursing when i realized that even with an mba i was not getting anywhere in my career.
i am a new grad rn now and although there are nurses trying to eat me and i am in the process of “paying my dues” on the floor, i am not being treated like i do not have a brain! plus, working as a nurse i am in a profession that is heard. i am able to advocate for my patients and participate on committees outside of work that allows me to make a difference and have an immediate influence, unlike social work. i have been told by people (administrators) that some are looking closely at me off the floor because many know i have an mba. i am joining the army so i don’t actually care to take them up on future offers however i point this out because it is in stark contrast to how i was treated before. not to mention i have a starting wage that is better then any wage
i have earned in the past. i do not make $60,000-80,000 year as promised by the media without over time or a second job, but i make considerably more then i did when i working in social work! in fact, my family and i can live on one income now.
by the way, because of my experience in social work, i am able to be a better new grad nurse. i worked with psych patients in the past and have no trouble handling them unlike other new grads i know. i also am able to deal with crazy manipulative family members (no one gets away with trying to get me to do something i don’t feel comfortable doing and they do not get away with playing me against other nurses or staff members). thus, to begin in social work before nursing was not a bad choice.... however, a true promotion in my career came when i became a rn....