Career in Social Work

BY DISHA MUKHOPADHYAY

14th December, 2020, 23:56 (IST)

On Sunday, 13th December 2020, Catalyst Alumni Network organised a webinar on Career in Social Work by Subham Basak, an alumnus of Catalyst Class of 2018.

Subham shared stories about TISS Mumbai. He said that “it was a ‘microcosm of India’―it represented all parts of the Indian society. In the TISS Mumbai Campus, everyone has very close contact with each other. Even people across courses are close with each other. In the  convention centre  800-900 people sit together for their  foundational courses. The foundational courses aim to make a common base for the students, teaching them how caste and gender are intertwined, what are the basic economic characteristics of our country etc. The social work courses are theory-heavy but in almost every class there is an activity. There is extensive field work. Students have to go out two days a week. Sometimes they might not get breaks, be able to have fun, have a life of our own, or even get enough sleep, but gradually TISS itself becomes their life!”

Subham gave us a low down of his field work exposure from TISS. He was placed in YMCA in the first year and in Tuljapur, Osmanabad in the second year. He was also one of the four people selected to go on the trip to Nepal. There was a language barrier in both Tuljapur and Nepal. In the third year he went to the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu. Next he told us about some of the job opportunities at various companies relating to Social Work. “One can work in NGOs, CSRs, Government missions etc. One must be skilled in group discussions, articulate speech and writing and MS Office to be fit to apply ” equipped Subham.

Subham summarised the session with the perspective of holding on to our personality and our vision, as everyone finds their place in TISS. He advised us not to be distressed thinking whether all the hard work is worth it and whether at all change will come about through our efforts. “Change is possible and we should be able to do the hard work if we are really passionate about it and that TISS is definitely worth it “, signed off Subham.

About the discussant : Subham Basak (Catalyst Class of 2018), CSR Executive at PSU; Masters in Social Work, TISS; B.E. Mechanical, IIEST Shibpur

Established in 2011, Catalyst is India’s leading training institute preparing students and working professionals for Bachelors and Masters courses at prominent institutions in India and abroad. 500+ students have secured admissions through the Catalyst mentorship for high in demand programs like Social Work, Public Policy, Health Studies, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Development Studies, International Relations, Media and Cultural Studies, Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Water Policy et al. State of the art pedagogy and strong alumni connect enhance capacities in the aspirants at Catalyst to develop acumen, market skills and vision required to thrive and create deep impact across the social development. Catalyst alumna like Subham are working, researching in strategic verticals of governments, public and private organisations, educational institutes, CSR, policy think tanks, civil society organisations, social enterprises and many have ventured out on their own to be social entrepreneurs.

About the author : Disha Mukhopadhyay is a social science aspirant and enthusiast from Modern High School of Girls, Kolkata, India

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