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Markéta Elichová, Anna Sýkorová

Competence of a Social Worker: What Schools Teach and What Employers Require


Abstract:

This work describes the profile and skills of a graduate of school of social work and how his abilities and skills differs from what is required by employers. Qualification requirements are examined in terms of the Act on Social Services, in terms of a minimum standard of education and in terms of practical competences of social worker. These theoretical bases are compared with data obtained from the research of advertisements. Advertisements for the position of social worker are subjected to content analysis and the data obtained are compared with the minimum standards of education This work describes the profile and skills of a graduate of school of social work and how his abilities and skills differs from what is required by employers. Qualification requirements are examined in terms of the Act on Social Services, in terms of a minimum standard of education and in terms of practical competences of social worker. These theoretical bases are compared with data obtained from the research of advertisements. Advertisements for the position of social worker are subjected to content analysis and the data obtained are compared with the minimum standards of education in social work. This work deals with the differences and try to find answers to the question, who are the graduates most sought-after in the current labor market and how do they differ from the actual social work graduates.


Keywords:

social worker, graduate, competences, education, requirements of employers, labor market




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