People have many different motives for entering the social work profession. Most have a strong desire to help others. They care about the lives of other people, have great compassion for those who are at risk and struggling, and possess a strong desire to do something about it.
Others blend in the desire to fight for human rights and social change. They want to work for justice and to make society a better place in which to live for people of all classes and races. They long to make communities stronger, families healthier, and individuals better able to cope with life.
Some social workers choose their profession because of the variety of opportunities it provides to work in many different spheres and with many different kinds of people. They are flexible and curious; they work well with others. They want a job in which they can perform a wide variety of tasks in many settings.
Still others have had struggles and challenges of their own in the past. They've lived through and learned from these experiences, and they are eager to reach out to others going through similar problems. They are living examples that people can and do overcome the worst possible circumstances, and they long to provide hope, comfort, and help to people who are facing the trials they once faced and overcame.