Malcolm Gladwell's Case Study: Success In Social Work

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Case Study: Success in the Social Work
In today’s society, people are obsessed with the notion of success and the ways to achieve mastery. Many people believe it is all based on luck and innate talent versus opportunity and practice. In this case study, I analyze how Malcolm Gladwell’s concepts in Outliers applies to being a successful professional member of the social work discourse community. In order to gain insight, I conducted an interview and job shadowing with Mr. John Davis from the University of Sacramento. I went on to find more information and evidence by reading an article, “Facilitating Dissertation Completion and Success Among Doctoral Students in Social Work” by Janet Liecty, Minili Liao, and Christine Schull.
Background:
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It has to do with opportunities given throughout life, the motivation and dedication each one has, and being both book and street smart. Generally, the only way to reach the master level of success, is via hours upon hours of practice and hard work. As a social worker, the only way to improve “people-skills” is through the actual act of human interaction and honesty desire to help others improve their own life.
Approach:
Before actually conducting the case study, I had to read and annotate Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell during the semester. After reading and discussing the different concepts on success, I was ready to conduct my interview. I decided to interview Mr. John Davis after he helped me with my major advising and influenced my decision to officially declare social work as my major. I went into the interview hoping for at least fifteen minutes, but ended up with an hour worth of information. A few days later I followed up with a job shadowing during one of his Interview techniques classes.
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In the article, “Facilitating Dissertation Completion and Success Among Doctoral Students in Social Work” by Janet Liecty, Minili Liao, and Christine Schull, it described several skills and talents needed as a way to excel in social work. On page 483 of the article, it reiterates the exact same topic of having knowledge mentor for the reason that as humans we need reassurance and praise especially from someone experienced. A few pages later, it describes key elements: confidence, responsibility, and patience as a necessity to accomplish success. When helping individuals with trust issues and family troubles, it takes technique and time to get them to gain your trust and speak about issues. If a social worker goes to a client unprepared and doubtful, it increases the chance of unsuccessful
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