Within social work, there are several different career paths that you can go down. A common career path for social workers in the adults’ services is as follows:
Newly Qualified Social Worker > Social Worker > Senior Social Worker > Senior Practitioner > Assistant Team Manager > Team Manager > Service Manager > Head of Service
There are many other career paths available within adults’ services, depending on your specialism and interests. For more information, read our guide on social work career progression opportunities.
If you are currently looking to take the next step forward in your career, there are several different ways you can do so. Firstly, you can gain postgraduate qualifications or training within the area you want to focus on. Your other options include identifying promotion opportunities at your current role and looking for horizontal – or lateral – career progression opportunities in a slightly different area or setting.
Whichever adult social worker job you want to apply for next, you have long-term prospects and endless opportunities to make a difference. Whether you want to pursue a managerial position or a more specialised role, you can keep growing your experience and enjoy a hugely rewarding career helping others.