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Bell Curve


Your four-person office comprises much of your small county's human services agency. You handle it all: family, substance abuse, mental health, elderly services...saying you're overloaded is a gargantuan understatement. Unfortunately, you're not likely to get help any time soon because of budget cuts.


You've graduated to a multi-service agency in a large southern city. Your department actually has enough staff to allow you to work exclusively with child abuse, foster care, and family services cases. You also coordinate the city's Guardian Ad Litem Program, which provides volunteers who act as a child's advocate through often-traumatic legal proceedings. You've still got too much to do, but at least you've got an admin assistant or two.


Now you manage all the social workers, and handle your own case load, for a large Midwestern city's human services department. You're also pursuing your master's degree in social work. Oh, did we mention you're also teaching online courses for a community college's associate's degree program? Looks like you're putting your juggling skills to good use.


You're still at the community college; however, now you're chairing the school's social work program. In fact, you've added two new career tracks for incoming students. You were able to jump into this position soon after you completed your master's degree. You've also opened your own private consulting practice.


You turned down a lucrative university professor job to follow your passion. You've always felt working with child abuse victims and at-risk kids was your real calling, and you've tried to steer your consulting practice in that direction. Now you've combined your love of animals with your professional expertise, and you've created a new animal-based therapy program. You love what you're doing so much, you'd almost do it for free. Almost.