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How to do Social Work in India?

Social Work

If you are interested in social work, you can always start working with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in any development area. Social work requires more than academic qualifications – a firm commitment and a desire to help. There are hundreds of NGOs working in various aspects of development, including poverty alleviation, educa- tion. gender issues, with physically or mentally challenged people, for environmental awareness, such as pollution, waste management and wildlife. You need to decide on the area of work you wish to do and then select the organisation that fulfils that need. Once you have identified this as a career option, you can apply for a masters in social work. While most institutions prefer to take students with a sociology, social work or psychology background, work experience and dedication goes a long way. There is a huge social for work with NGOs and so many areas that require ded- icated people. Gett ing a job with an NGO should not be a problem for you. If you are motivated enough to do social service, then you can easily approach an NGO for a job. There are many websites that can give you a list of NGOs in Delhi, including www.indianngos.com, www.nfi.org.in, www.indiasponsor.org and many others. And once you’ve identified the kind of organisation you would like to work with, shortlist some and get in touch with them and see if they have vacancies. But, before joining, be prepared for the fact that it’s going to be a lot of hard work and the salaries aren’t too high.