Where Should I Begin, Again?



I stand by my assertion that social work skills are high-income skills and social workers do not have to leave the field of social work to be paid well. Because of this belief, I asked myself a few weeks ago when was the last time that I was a beginner and what am I willing to be a beginner in at this point in my career and life and the answers continue to unfold. I asked God where he wants me to cast my net.

Remember during Social Work Month I mentioned my social work rebirth?

Well, over the last few weeks I’ve been pondering whether I’m also moving into a (soft) social work rebrand. Concepts are being revealed to me in new ways and allowing me to connect various experiences to both career coaching and the social work profession.

I’ve been ‘considering’ whether to take the Financial Social Work Certification course for years. Why have I hesitated? The main reason was because of time. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to dedicate the time to it. The second reason is that since I was no longer doing direct client work outside of career coaching, I wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into my work and I didn’t want to get it and not use it. The third reason is I was honestly unsure if I was more excited and impressed with the “new” social work practice area that Reeta Wolfsohm developed at the Center For Financial Social Work than the contents of the materials. Guess what? All 3 were excuses – limiting beliefs that I let take center stage. I now see exactly how the Financial Social Work Certification connects with my career coaching business as well as my long-term business and career plans.

I have shared my ignoring my desire to enroll in the dual MSW/MPH program because I didn’t want to be in graduate school another year plus to complete the program.  I have worked in two positions where I would often describe my work as “addressing (subject) from a public health lens or taking a public health approach to (subject).” Last week I was doing some research and came across Public Health Social work in a  social worker’s bio. A little more digging led me to the Public Health Social Work Section as a unit within the American Public Health Association (APHA). I also see how this fits with my career coaching business as well as my long-term business and career plans.

I wholeheartedly believe that “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”.

I am ready for and open to new beginnings and new blessings. I am grateful to everyone who has brought new and unexpected opportunities to me just in the last week – it’s a kind of mind-blowing (more of that testimony later).

Let’s continue this ELEVATION journey together.

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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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