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Work is its own reward...social work

MOST of us, on the whole, work for ourselves. While we might feel an affinity with our employer's goals and vision, at the end of the day we go to work for a pay cheque.

Then there are the people who choose careers in social work. They work not to improve their own lot but to make life that bit more bearable for people living in pretty difficult situations.

Patricia Fenech was part of the Queensland Government's Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services graduate development program in 2013, from there taking a job with the department's Evolve Behaviour Support Services team at Mt Gravatt.

Ms Fenech said her work was never boring and delivered a mix of field and office-based work.

"The Evolve Behaviour Support Services team is a service that provides behaviour support and assessment for children and young people under 18 who are either in the care of Child Safety or at risk or being relinquished by their parents to Child Safety," she said.

"Many of our clients have some type of disability on top of a background of trauma and abuse, and require intensive support to help manage their behaviours.

"As such, we work collaboratively with the children's parents or carers and school teachers to understand how a child's background affects their behaviours, and then train those adults in how they can best support the young person.

"I work with a very positive, friendly team of colleagues who are always willing to offer guidance on any challenges I may face. I also love working with children and adolescents as I feel we are able to make positive changes that will set them on a more successful life path."

Ms Fenech said graduates looking to start their social work career needed to be open and willing to take on new and unfamiliar tasks.

"This shows you are committed to being a team player and will go above and beyond the usual role requirements," she said.

"I highly recommend undertaking a rotation to another work office or team during your graduate program."

For more information about social work careers with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/careers.

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