“It’s very challenging (almost impossible) for a middle-class young girl to decide for herself.
I was a below-average student and with no option and interest, I took Home Science as my major during my 11th grade. I have had the experience of getting bullying for choosing home science, for being that shy person, for not being active in any events. Badly, I had very low self-esteem.
Also, my gender dominated my lack of opportunities to explore the world. My family was conservative and that made them determine that I will also land up being a housewife and to be reserved inside the family.
Fortunately, with no proper guidance and welfare, I randomly took a BSW course (Bachelors of Social Work). Surprisingly, I discovered that I was interested in social work and this pulled me to participate in many such social activities.
After my bachelor’s degree, I focused on the Master’s degree and eventually completed my MSW as well.
I worked at Amar Sevvai Sangham, which is a disability community, as a Public Relations and a Fundraiser for 2 years.
Usually, I notice that girls aren’t allowed to choose what they want to become. They are forced to choose things and ultimately decide to be unhappy or they remain happy because they believe that they are happy.
I, currently, work in the Plastics for Change foundation as a Program Coordinator. I have heard tons of discouraging pieces of advice so far and am vexed by hearing them repeatedly.
I love my profession. It’s not about the money that we get. It’s more about the satisfaction that I get every night while I go to sleep. I want to have that peace throughout my life. I don’t lend my ears to anybody who says dishearted talks about social service. I insist people to respect social service more but if not respected, at least do not disrespect the profession.
I’m confident and convinced about my profession and more than that, I love what I do. I respect my work and I’m passionate about it. The truth about working as a social worker is that rather than expecting money, it is important to have a mind which thinks about the welfare of society.
Social service is not only about picking up the wastes or keeping the city clean, it’s MORE THAN THAT…!
We educate, we provide values, we remain as examples!”