Careers & Alumni
Our graduates have found employment as social workers in Ireland and internationally, in sectors including TUSLA, Child and Family Agency; Probation Service; Health-Related Social Work; Mental Health Services; Disability Services and Community Development. Others have chosen careers in research, advocacy, service management and education and training.
For further information on professional social work in Ireland and internationally please see the following websites:
Alumni Student Profile
My name is Antoni and I am currently working at St. Vincent's University Hospital as a Medical Social Worker. My adventure with social work started after I finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology and wasn't sure what to do next apart from vaguely knowing that I want to work with people.
After graduating I moved to Romania to work on an EU-funded educational project for children and adolescents from difficult backgrounds and I absolutely loved it. I taught English, played games, and ran theater and personal development workshops. However, working in the charity sector was difficult, as we constantly worried about funding and only had an impact on a very small, select group of young people. As such, I felt like obtaining a Master in Social Work was a natural step in my career progression, as it would ultimately allow me to apply for state-based jobs with more responsibility and a greater outreach.
What I especially liked about the MSW program at Trinity was the diversity of topics we covered. From human development, through criminal law, all the way to critical social theories, there was something in it for everyone. I also loved the fact that the course was very hands-on: we used role plays to practice various counseling techniques and went on two 3-month-long placements to use everything we learned in practice.
Being a male social worker is quite unique and there are very few of us in social work (and allied health professions in general!) Yet, I am really enjoying my career and I feel like for some service users talking to a male social worker is a breath of fresh air. This was especially the case when I was doing my placement in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Several of the young people I worked with had had bad encounters with men - a father, a school bully, a co-worker, etc. For these adolescents, having a positive and therapeutic experience with a man was very powerful and I believe it played an important part in their recovery.