Tutor profile: Ryan T.
How can learning Spanish contribute to your future success?
If you live in the United States, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language (past English, of course). Entire communities across the nation thrive nearly entirely in Spanish immersion, pop culture carries constant references to Spanish language and culture, and steady immigration patterns have transformed fluency in Spanish writing, speaking, and comprehension a valuable commodity employers often seek for in future employees. If you live outside of the United States, Spanish is the third most common language in the world (following English and Chinese) that is used for online business, marketing, and social media. In other words, more vibrant opportunities in your personal development, employment, and social life will open up to you as you become more familiar with this global language and culture.
Subject: Social Work
What does a social worker do for a living?
A social worker's job description can be about as wide as an ocean! There are literally dozens of different types of careers to pursue within the field of social work, including public policy, foster care and adoption services, clinical mental health counseling, medical hospice care, military and veterans therapy, and more. What all of these typically have in common (and what usually makes social work unique to psychology) is a "macro focus," meaning an emphasis on how the community or world around a person creates or diminishes opportunities in his life. A social worker is paid to organize the community, counsel with the individual, and at times work with local or national governments in order maximize a person's opportunities for success in life.
What can you do or say in a conversation to make the other person motivated to make changes in their life?
When people are "on the fence" about making changes in their life (e.g., asking their boss for a pay raise), it means that they see good reasons for both sides of the change. If you want to help this person find motivation to move toward the direction of positive change, you can follow one of the fundamental principles of Motivational Interviewing: asking open-ended questions. The vast majority of people I speak with do not understand that when having a conversation with a person who is still " on the fence" about making changes, it is crucial to NOT begin the conversation by suggesting reasons why they should make the change (e.g., asking their boss for a raise), but instead begin the conversation by simply asking them open-ended questions about making the change in general (e.g., "What do you think might happen if you ask your boss about raising your salary?"). Other principles of MI include affirming the other's viewpoints, reflecting back the other's comments, and summarizing the conversation for them.
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