Career prospects

SPECIALIST SOCIAL WORKER - WELFARE AREA DIRECTOR - SERVICE COORDINATOR/MANAGER 

 

Role in a professional context: 

Specialist Social Workers - plan, organise and manage social and health services; manage teams and coordinate services and the staff involved in providing them. - coordinate social diagnostic and intervention projects, referring to the key areas of family, minor-related and social hardship; - regularly evaluate and verify the interventions conducted by their respective organisations and services (public or private); - design information, awareness and prevention programmes with reference to the various forms of psycho-social distress. - use and develop advanced and innovative social service methods to identify and understand the complex needs of individuals, families, groups and regions. 

- provide psycho-social counselling services, design mediation interventions in family, minor-related, social and penal contexts, and manage the organisation of resources either in public sector settings or for private social-service providers. 

Skills associated with the role: 

SPECIALIST SOCIAL WORKER/PROJECT COORDINATOR/ AREA / SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR ROLE has acquired specific skills in: 

- understanding the regulations governing social policy and services organisation; - designing interventions, organising and coordinating service structures for various types of user; - forming relationships with people to identify situations of hardship for individuals and groups; - negotiating and collaborating with other operators and public institutions. 

SOCIAL POLICY PLANNER AND/OR DIRECTOR 

The above-mentioned roles, albeit lacking the component of direct service provision, may be filled by individuals who are not social workers, but who have developed, on the degree course, the ability to analyse social changes and re-align services with innovative forms of social policy, including professional roles in planning and directing within both public and private social-service structures. 

 

Employment prospects: 

- Public bodies and third-sector organisations; 

- Consultant (freelance) in social research; 

- Public administrations, institutions and agencies for local development in socially relevant areas 

- Research bodies 

- Research and personnel departments in private companies. 

Employment (as an employee or, more rarely, a freelance professional) by public bodies (local health authorities, local bodies, ministries) and private and third-sector organisations providing care services. 

Expert in studying, managing and monitoring social phenomena - Social Researcher 

LM-87 graduates can sit the state exam to qualify for registration with section A of the Association of Specialist Social Workers. 

 

Role in a professional context: 

LM-87 graduates: - design and manage studies and research in specific areas of social intervention: social policy, region and environment, organisation and labour - analyse, design and evaluate social policy and corporate welfare programmes; - design and manage studies and research in social exclusion, immigration, new forms of welfare and social-policy programmes, institutional innovation and changes in the labour market, welfare activation policies, social media, participatory processes and governance, and regional social capital; - build and activate regional networks, promoting partnerships between the public, private and third sectors and citizens - promote and coordinate networks between companies, public institutions, third-sector organisations and citizens. 

- are able to analyse, interpret and describe social and organisational phenomena; - are able to identify and propose solutions to problems linked to social organisation; - possess managerial skills tailored to the needs of various organisations and services types; - possess communication skills - are able to manage data and information

 

Expert in the study, management and control of social phenomena - social researcher

 Function in a work context:
- designs and directs studies and research in specific fields of social intervention: social policies, territory and environment, organization and work
- analyzes, designs and evaluates social policy and corporate welfare programs;
- designs and directs studies and research relating to social exclusion, immigration, new welfare and social policy programs, institutional innovation, changes in the labour market, welfare activation policies, social media, participatory processes and governance, territorial social capital;
- builds and activates networks in the area, promoting partnerships between the public, private, third sectors and citizens
- promotes and coordinates networks between companies, public institutions, third sector organizations and citizens.

Skills associated with the function:
- ability to analyze, interpret and describe social and organizational phenomena;
- ability to identify and provide solutions to problems related to social organization;
- management skills aimed at the needs of different organizations and types of services;
- communication skills
- data and information management skills

Career opportunities:
- Public bodies and third sector organizations; - Consultant (freelance) in social research;
- Public administrations, Institutions and Agencies for local development in areas of social relevance
- Research institutions
- Study and personnel offices of private companies.

Communication skills

Graduates from this degree course are highly skilled in communicating and interacting with multiple interlocutors from the scientific community as well as their own professional sphere. To achieve this objective, they use tools and techniques for interpersonal and mediated communication and for information management, including processes for managing and processing digital information. 

The written and spoken communication skills developed during training activities on the degree course involve active participation on the part of the students, in the form of preparing reports and written documents and giving oral presentations of these and/or texts and documents suggested by the lecturer, and by means of the final assessment (thesis) and subsequent discussion. 

Communication skills are measured by evaluating the discussion on specific case reports in front of course mates. These discussions are conducted with the support of the lecturers and academic tutors.