Ariel’s Story: Master of Social Work Success
Ariel was participating in an internship with the St. Clair County Department of Health and Human Services and was close to earning a Master of Social Work degree. Soon, Arial came to the Partnership, Accountability, Training, and Hope (PATH) program. The PATH program provides services that lead to employment and economic self-sufficiency.
Ariel graduated from Texas State University with a Master of Social Work. After her return to Michigan, Ariel needed ﬁnancial assistance for auto insurance and vehicle repairs. In addition, she had fees to take the State of Michigan Social Work Licensure Exam. Ariel was eligible for PATH support services which helped to eliminate these barriers to seeking employment.
“Many people assumed that because I was pursuing a master’s degree, I should not have an issue finding a job, paying my bills, or coping with the everyday stressors of life immediately after graduation. Many graduate students (especially those who are single parents like me) understand that a degree is not a magical piece of paper. It does not eliminate all your challenges and life barriers,” Ariel notes.
According to Ariel, “As a result of the support services I was offered, I was able to obtain a position with a mental health agency as a case manager. The pay is excellent, and my supervisor has already informed me that I will be receiving a promotion to Masters-Level Clinician within a few months. Having a graduate degree does not mean you don’t need assistance getting back onto your feet. I am grateful for the non-judgmental and empathetic services I have received (and continue to receive) at Michigan Works!”.
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