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Alive After AcademiaPost-Career Reflections of Social Work Educators$
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Spencer J. Zeiger

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190068189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190068189.001.0001

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Life-Changing Events

Life-Changing Events

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(p.63) 7 Life-Changing Events
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Alive After Academia
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Spencer James Zeiger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190068189.003.0008

A key element in social work and social work education is a belief in the ability to change, discovering previously hidden strengths along the way. Study participants were asked to look back on their careers as social work educators and recount a life-changing event (for themselves and/or their students). The stories they told were diverse, amazing, and heartfelt. Events are presented in the following categories: lessons learned from students; life’s lessons outside the classroom; coming out as a gay person; the great realization; serendipity; a strengths perspective story; saving a marriage; discovering that a social work major is not the best fit for all students; and a spectacular going-away party.

Keywords:   retirement, life-changing events, social work educators, strengths, personal change

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