Youth worker

John Darroch found the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) so rewarding, he went on to complete a masters and is now considering PhD study.

John Darroch inside a library
John Darroch

Key facts

Career: Youth worker at Youth Horizons Trust
Programme: Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Master of Social Work
Campus: Epsom

“While studying towards my Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), I started to become really interested in social work theory. I was selected for two summer scholarships, which showed me how enjoyable and rewarding research can be.”

“This led to my decision to enrol in the Master of Social Work. I chose to study at the University of Auckland because I believe that a qualification from this University is well recognised overseas and will open up the best employment opportunities for me.

“My time at the University of Auckland has given me a range of opportunities that go beyond the qualification I will graduate with. I have had the opportunity to work with lecturers on their research and, as a result, have co-authored three journal articles. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Christchurch and speak at a conference there.

“I am considering studying a PhD once I finish my masters. I’ve become really interested in the social justice mandate of the social work profession and I think there is a lot more research to be done in this area.”