I met with my field practicum coordinator yesterday and I feel it went well. I'm one of those people that is fairly indecisive about where I want to be in social work and while there are a lot of areas that I want to explore, I can't decide on just one. I went in, sat down and basically told her that I had no clue where I wanted to go and that I really needed her help! We talked about my previous experiences, areas that interested me and skills that I already have. The meeting went well and there are a few options open to me. One of the more intriguing ones that she shared was a half time in a hospital psych unit, and half time working with mental health in the community. There's also an organization that does policy development that looks interesting, but I don't know exactly what I'd gain from that. I have a lot of time to decide, as my practicum will not start until January of next year, but I wanted to start early so that I wouldn't be scrambling at the last minute.
I'm always amazed at how many of the people in my program have such a definite idea of where they want to do practicums and what areas they want to work in. And most of them aren't even putting up a front of having goals and direction! They really do know! I think this is something I'll struggle with constantly. When I first started, I wanted to do hospital social work. Admittedly, this was for the security and pay, but the more I've learned about it, the more I think it's not for me as full-time work.
I'm going to sit back and think about my options more. What do I want to gain? Where would I fit in? Where can I go to challenge myself?