Left: Jamie Dela Cruz holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (Distinction) in Social Work, and currently is a Social Worker at Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Family Service Centre in Yishun. She guides her clients to the appropriate community resources, and also does casework and counselling duties.
Right: Tay Zi Man provides therapy services to students with autism and other disabilities as an occupational therapist at Rainbow Centre. She is a Social Service Scholar and she holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from University of Queensland, Australia.
A life without cause is a life without effect, so the saying goes. And the National Council for Social Services (NCSS) puts this into action.
As like-minded professionals who drive positive change. They come together as one Social Service Tribe, to empower those in need – so they may lead lives with dignity.
Jamie Dela Cruz, Social Worker at the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Family Service Centre in Yishun and Tay Zi Man, Occupational Therapist at Rainbow Centre, are Social Service Scholars. Their day-to-day work might differ, but they are alike in how social service has enriched their lives and others.
A Meaningful Career
Jamie realised what she wanted to do in life while working as an accounting intern, which she found unfulfilling.
“To me, a meaningful career is about building relationships,” she recalled. “I could not imagine myself building relationships in the finance industry!”
“This spurred me to join the social service sector.”
The Social Service Scholarship propelled Jamie even deeper into the fascinating work of empowering others. She outlined the unique benefits: “Being on the scholarship gave me opportunities to interact with professionals even before graduating.”
“I was also sent for overseas exchange programmes which broadened my perspective beyond our local landscape.”
Today, she puts her learning to good use as a Social Worker at the MWS Family Service Centre, where she serves as an advocate for clients. In so doing, she empowers them through co-constructing solutions and helps them overcome challenges.
The work is fulfilling on multiple levels, not the least because of the clients themselves. “After a session, a client spoke about seeing a shift in her life through the course of our working relationship. When I pointed out how important she was as an individual, she cried and thanked me as nobody had ever affirmed her existence before,” Jamie recounted.
“I felt encouraged by the impact I made in her life and it reminded me of why I chose social work – to build and utilise our therapeutic relationships as a vehicle of change.”
With Open Arms
Jamie hopes that others will take the plunge as she did.
She advised: “If you are able to envision yourself in the sector for the long haul, then take that leap of faith and go for it! The scholarship will be that additional booster in achieving your goal.”
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