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I have a lot of experience in Clinical Social Work and research as in the states it's pretty much all you can get with a Bachelors in Psychology. I have heard that jobs in the social service area or HR can be found easy with a Bachelors and even better with a masters in the social/psych fields....is this true?
I am thinking that because my German is not so good right now-I cannot find a job in either field-but once I get to a C1 level I'd have better chances...does any one have any experience with this?
I'd appreciate some feed back. Thanks!
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I cannot speak to all the intricacies of your situation, but I can speak to the part I bolded above. In my experience, that part is untrue. I have a masters degree in social work with a clinical specialization, from a canadian university. I have experience in family therapy, group therapy and individual counselling, and have not been able to practice at all. After much reflection I think it comes down to two things:
1) having foreign credentials. Maybe you would have better luck with a swiss education though I've heard especially in psychology that is difficult for even swiss citizens to find work. My experience has been that people do not understand my degree as social work is different here, and it's not from a university, and it's typically more like financial aid (than the full range of roles you would find in North America.
2) language. I've come to accept that I need to be fluent to do my job. I can't do a suicide risk assessment or discuss trama and understand 80 or even 90%, I need to understand 100%. I also need to be delicate with my words, which requires me to be fluent.
I thought I would have the skills to do HR positions, but whenever I approached recruitment agencies they basically didn't understand how my skills could transfer. Finally a recruiter kindly explained to me that even though I would be capable of the job, the problem would be competing with others who have trained specifically for, and already have experience in HR.
So in summary, in my experience it has been very difficult. Maybe some others found it different.
Anyhow, those are my thoughts. If you have any more questions you can send me a PM.