Hollie Oswald - Social work

I have always had a passion for social justice and helping those in need, and postgraduate study in social work aligned with everything I believe in.

Postgraduate Social work student: Hollie Oswald

Key facts

Career: Child Protection Social Worker, Oranga Tamariki
Programme: Master of Social Work Professional
Campus: Epsom

“I completed a Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology and Employment Relations before I came into the Master of Social Work Professional programme.

“I had heard really good things about the programme, and after attending the information evening and hearing about the courses and what we would be learning, I knew immediately that I had to enrol. The University of Auckland is one of the top ranked in the world and I wanted my degree to be recognised internationally.

“Being surrounded by knowledgeable and passionate people, including all the lecturers and guests, was the highlight of my postgraduate experience. I learned so much from like-minded people I met throughout my studies.

“I had really amazing practicum experiences. I experienced both statutory and non-statutory placements, which I found to be great learning for my practice. Both times I was paired with the same student, so it was nice to have some support and a familiar face.

“I always felt very supported by my lecturers and mentors to learn on the job. It was nice to have the course split into both theory and practice as it enabled me to not only apply my knowledge but build confidence within the sector I wanted to work in.

“Social work is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had in my life. Not only am I privileged to touch the lives and hear the stories of so many real people, I also learn so much about myself. I also feel that we in the care professions are becoming more recognised for the hard work we do.”