Can I Recession-Proof My Social Work Leadership Career?



I wonder if research has determined that Women of Color are more strongly impacted by a recession than men and more than other races of women?

This week has been dedicated to our beliefs and perceptions about what the gurus are calling an impending 2022 recession.

On Monday we dove into the data that shows that social work is a fast-growing profession.

On Wednesday we spent a little time exploring how the social work profession can be impacted by a recession.

Today, we will explore if there are ways to recession-proof your social work leadership career.

Let’s start off by cementing the belief that career development, career advancement, and career acceleration are ongoing processes that are fluid and can be fast-tracked. Ongoing means that they don’t stop because of a specific age or job title or life event or collective crisis unless you stop them. You are in control of your career – always.

(Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll)

Millionaires have always been made in recessions, just like millionaires have been made during the coronavirus pandemic. I will admit that we have different leverage based on where we start and where we want to finish, but we can choose how we participate or navigate in a recession. We can thrive in a recession.

Here are my expectations for the apparent impending recession of 2022:

  • I expect to continue to live an abundant life in 2022!
  • I expect that IF a recession is imminent that I will not be negatively impacted by it!
  • I expect that just like in 2008 when I graduated with my MSW, I will excel and flourish professionally.
  • I expect that the right clients, colleagues, opportunities, and experiences will connect with me.
  • I expect joy, ease, peace, and flow.

My declarations reflect my mindset but what about careers specifically?

I don’t necessarily want you to attempt to recession-proof your social work leadership career as much as I want you to take full ownership of your career regardless of outside circumstances. Here’s how:

  1. Determine Your Outcome – Get clear about what you want, why you want it, and what you are willing to do to achieve it
  2. Inventory Your Skills – You need a starting point to create a strategy as well as the ability to predict and overcome any obstacles.
  3. Enhance Your Skills – Innovation is essential. Don’t fall behind. Learn new things or learn to do things in new ways.
  4. Build A Team – We are all interdependent. Having a strong group of supporters as well as those who can connect you to the right opportunities is always critical. Make sure they’re rooting for you.
  5. Promote Your Assets – Be a good team player. Find helpful ways to show your abilities and contribute to the success of your agency.
  6. Implement Your Strategy – Nothing happens until we take inspired action
  7. Expect To Excel – Mindset is everything. Eliminate the fear. Trash the gloom and gloom thinking. Remember you get to choose how you want to engage,

Pause. Take a moment today to shift your perspective and set new, abundant intentions.






Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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