In this role, I had an opportunity to share my thoughts with prospective students about some things I wish I had learned while in school that would have been helpful to me in my career.
Important points that are very timely to me at this very moment in terms of what I wish had learned in school are skills for entrepreneurship and other courses involving techniques in business and marketing.
I wish I had learned more about what it takes to build skills in this area because as I continue to grow as a professional, I find myself wanting to start my own projects with film and video, writing and book publishing, developing and facilitating diversity workshops, etc., and I think some training in the area of business would have been a great asset to where I’m finding myself right now.
Applying the words “social justice” and “business” together does not necessarily have to equal a bad thing. Social justice and business can coexist, and when done effectively, can produce outcomes that serve to benefit society. Now, I’m taking in as much information as I can, but I think having opportunities to develop these skills prior to graduation would have helped out a lot.
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I think that it is extremely important for social workers and other helping professionals who have a desire to branch out in entrepreneurial ways to get some background as to how to start working toward your goals, how to spread your message, and all other things that go into creating projects that advance social justice.
Grace & Peace,
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW
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