“MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (QUALIFYING)”

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (BISAALAM)

INTRODUCTION
I am Applicant’s name , born on D.O.B, and a permanent resident of Location name. I feel very glad to write this statement of purpose explaining about myself, my career plans, reasons to choose Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) at University name. I am a married person, my wife’s name is Mrs. Spouse name and she will be accompanying me in Australia. I got married to her on year A.D. Her presence will help me to concentrate on my studies and my career goals.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
I completed my School Leaving Certificate (SLC) from School Name, where I secured score % in year A.D. After that I got enrolled in intermediate level (10+2) in college name, and secured score %in year A.D. After completing the Intermediate level I joined my bachelor in Social Science at college name. I completed it on year A.D with first division GPA XX. I am working as a Lower Secondary Social Teacher at company name since year A.D till now. As I studied Social Science in my bachelor’s level, I wanted to enhance my future in the same field so, thinking of joining my masters abroad, I prepared for the IELTS test and gave my IELTS exam on year A.D, and scored overall 7 (L XX, R XX, W XX and S XX).

FAMILY AND FINANCE                                                                                                                                                My family members are economically well and have a sound source of income source. There are XX members in my family consists of my father (Name), my mother (Name),, my wife Spouse name and me. My parents will be my primary sponsors.  My father earns from his business named Company name  and my mother earns from house rent. The total income of my family is AUD amount. My in-laws are also sponsoring me. My father in law (Name) earns from his salary at Company name  as an Assistant Shopkeeper. My mother in law (Name)  is XX% shareholder at Company name and has a sound income source from there. She also has a bank balance of AUD Amount in Bank name. My grandmother (Name) also earns from house rent and pension. The total income of my in-laws is AUD Amount. Hence, my families are economically stable in order to bear all the expenses during my stay in Australia.

REASONS FOR NOT STUDYING IN NEPAL
There are some universities like Tribhuvan University https://tribhuvan-university.edu.np/, Kathmandu University http://www.ku.edu.np/, Pokhara University https://pu.edu.np/, Purbanchal University http://www.purbuniv.edu.np/, here in Nepal which are offering similar programs like Master of Social Work, Master of Social Science, Master in Development Studies, Master of Arts in Sociology, Master of Arts in Economics and so on. But, most of the education providers of Nepal give priority to theoretical aspects rather than practical. It is a very good thing that literate population in increasing in Nepal but that only means there will be competition to get the limited seats offered by the limited education providers in Nepal.  Apart from this, by studying abroad, I will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation. When I finish my study abroad program and return home, I will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers. Studying abroad really brings out an independent nature. Being in a new can be overwhelming at times, and it tests ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem-solve. Studying abroad will experience a completely new way of teaching. I’ll gain a greater knowledge of different cultures. Above all the international experience and knowledge provided by studying abroad is likely to be looked on favorably by employers and Nepalese company value international graduates than of locals. Foreign graduates also get more salary than of local one.  Foreign graduates have a lot of practical knowledge and can accept challenges easily than of local. I am sure I will be respected and paid more in compare to local graduates.  I will have an opportunity to make friends with students around the world, learn their way of speaking cultures, customs and many more.

REASON FOR CHOOSING AUSTRALIA OVER OTHER COUNTRIES
Before choosing Australia as my education destination for higher studies, I did in-depth research for possible options including the options in my home country. After going through internet sites, gathered information through education agents and friends as well. I found out that Australia is the best option for me as it offers relevant and practical education. Australia is diverse in culture as people from all around the world dwell there having different religious practices. Australian constitution protects every individual’s right to freely practice their own religion which makes Australia a safe place for students from all over the world.

Universities in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees. Australia’s education system has third most popular international student destination with seven of the top 100 universities of world rankings speaks highly of the government’s efforts to get students to study in Australia. This is the main reason for me to choose Australia my education destination. I am certain that Australia will never compromise on the quality of education. As a result, students are able to select the appropriate course for themselves that helps to enhance their skills. Unlike my home country, degrees obtained from Australian universities are recognized all over the world. Hence, students can get jobs all over the world with the respective degree obtained from Australian University. Besides this, another best part is that the Australian higher education system is federally regulated. It means the Australian government regulates all universities in the country each year to make sure they are maintaining their high education standards.

In comparison to the USA and UK, the cost of living and tuition costs are much lower. Because of this more number of international students is able to afford to stay and study in Australia. The Universities in the UK and USA are comparatively more costly than those in Australia.  There is no availability of the Tuition Protection System in UK. Moreover, applying to study in the USA requires more than just IELTS scores but also GRE and GMAT which is rather difficult and time-consuming. Also, the state of safety in the USA isn’t the most attractive for international students. The USA is a beautiful country but I don’t really like the weather conditions there with very cold snowy winters. Another country with snowy winters and much worse at that is Canada. Even though Master of Social Work in Canada is comparatively affordable, I couldn’t imagine living in such a cold climate.

Maximum universities in USA offer Graduate Pathway in Social work.  Such as; George Mason University USA (Graduate Pathway in Social Work, 2 Semester, Tuition fee USD$ 37, 900 a year), Madonna University USA (Graduate Certificate: Social Work 9 semester hours), Stephen F. Austin State University USA (Master of Social Work which is an online course, Tuition fee USD$ 15, 485). Universities in UK for Social work is of 2 years but MSc in Social work such as University of Bristol ( Social Work, MSC, 2 years,  tuition fee  £19, 200 per year), University of Sheffield ( MSC Social Work, 2 years tuition fee  £17, 600 a year). University of Brighton (Msc Social Work, 2 years, 13, 464.00 Also, The currency exchange rate of USA is also high as $1 is equivalent to NRS 115.01. The currency exchange rate GBP £1 is NRS 148.57, which is very high, has made is very costly. Australia, AUD $1 is NRS 78. 08.  Apart from being a great place to get a first-rate education, Australia is also a beautiful place to live. It facilitates multicultural society to the students as people from different countries are peacefully living in Australia. As Australian people have a reputation for being among the friendliest in the world, students can have a comfortable environment to live and study. At the same time, Australian cities are safe and clean with low crime rates.

Besides all English is the main language of communication so it would be beneficial and easy for me to learn and communicate during my study period. And also Australia possesses nice climatic condition which will be easier for me to adapt. It will help me unfold myself in a different environment with different people. The most attractive thing is that Australia provides practical and competitive education with relevant course content, innovative techniques of teaching and learning which is much more focused on practicality rather than theory. I think gaining practical knowledge would be the greatest asset in the life of a student. And most importantly, I found the Australian Education System a worthy one since Australia’s education and training system offers high-quality service and protection for international students studying in Australia through Education Service for Overseas Students Framework. The ESOS Act framework protects the rights of international students studying in Australia including the rights to receive accurate information about courses, fees, modes of study, location, support service, work permit and many other information about the institution required for students. Australia also protects the tuition fees of international students through Tuition Protection Services (TPS). TPS ensures that international students able to complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or they receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.  There is also Post Study Work (PSW) facility in Australia.  Education is the best investment one student can make for his/her future and I would definitely want to invest in a place where my investment is secure

WHY UNIVERSITY NAME NOT OTHER UNIVERSITIES?
After making the decision to study in Australia, I browsed different internet sites to find out the Universities that meet my expectation about the academic quality, facilities and learning environment. As per my decision of studying the most fascinating course i.e. Master of Social work (Professional Qualifying) with an international reputation for excellence, I got more motivating information about this University through sites and education agents which really helped me to understand the infrastructure and recognition of the University. university name graduates have been rated the best in Australia for employability. Technical adaptive skills programs are regularly reviewed to ensure they have national and international relevance. A personalized learning approach in a supportive environment allows students to communicate easily with academic staffs and other students. Technical facilities and equipment meet the very highest standards to ensure graduates are well prepared for industry and research.  One of the appreciating aspects of university name is that there is a volunteer program designed to connect students with student mentors. It is a great way for new students to find the support and encouragement students need to achieve their potential. It will help students adapt to university life, as well as enhance their Australian study experience. university name also offers employment and career assistance to students. Students will develop connections with a world-renowned business, recognized for achievements in vocational and tertiary education, training, employment, recruitment and apprenticeships. This University is ranked XXth in the CWTS Leiden ranking. As of year A.Duniversity name has been awarded five stars for job success by the Good Universities Guide. I have also been awarded for university name  International Student Merit Stipend for Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) program. I researched on some Universities offering this course; providers like University of Tasmania which is located in Hobart has less opportunity for accommodation and hard to adjust as the flow of international students is very low in Hobart. I also searched about University of New England in Armidale and I will have the same problem as I mentioned above Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) at university name is affordable i.e. (AUD amount,) a year, whereas other universities for the related course has high tuition rate like La Trobe (AUD amount), Flinders University (AUD amount), University of Western Australia (AUD amount) Talking about University of Queensland I found different units for Master of Social Work. Master of Social work, Arts Communication and Society, Health and Behavioral Science has 24 Units and 32 units which is really confusing and does not meet to my subject criteria. Griffith University has Master of Social Work offering at AUD amount a year but do not have professional Qualifying.  Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has only a distance/ online course for Master of Social Work Qualifying.

university name is conveniently located is located in the Townsville Tropical Intelligence and Health Precinct in the suburb of Douglas. university name is set in a 386-hectare natural bush and parkland setting, 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the central business district.  The high rise campus provides students with access to modern facilities including; computer rooms, lecture rooms, student lounge, library, prayer rooms and free access to high-speed Wi-Fi. The Library is a great place to study, complete assignments and research. The Library provides students with access to textbooks, general books covering teaching areas, online subject guides, and regular study skills workshops. Students also have 24/7 access to Journals, Books, streaming videos and staff research.

REASONS FOR CHOOSING MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING)
The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is a course designed to provide graduates with skills and knowledge to become a professional social worker in the health, community services or non-government sector. I did my Bachelors in Social Science in Nepal. I have always had this innate desire to be able to be of some help towards the upliftment of many communities and societies in Nepal.

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) degree at university name gives valuable opportunities to network and gain practical professional experience in social welfare agencies in Australia and overseas. Studies of local and global issues and subjects that integrate international perspectives with the perspectives of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are integral to this course, this course offers maximum study flexibility through its limited attendance study mode. I will be supported through annual compulsory, on-campus residential workshops, consistent lecturer support and feedback, and a wealth of online materials to direct and augment your learning. I will also have opportunities to develop a sense of collegiality and group support with other students studying to become members of the international profession of social work. On successful completion of the Master of Social Work (PQ), I will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of an advanced and integrated body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying values, ethics, theories, research principles and methods, professional practice and workplace contexts in the social work discipline. Reflect critically on the unique, complex and contemporary relationships between social work and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their diverse histories and cultures. Reflect critically on the impact of complex social, political and historical issues on environmental and social sustainability in Australia and internationally, with a focus on the tropics. Investigate, analyze critically and transform complex social systems, institutions, structures, processes, practices and inequities.

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) CRICOS code 070091A, this course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates are eligible for full membership of AASW. Student preliminary membership is available. Tuition Fee for this course is AUD amount annually. There are 48 credit points as per course structure; I will have to study units such as Postgraduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice, Social Welfare Practice with Children and Families, Social Work and Mental Health, Theories for Social Work Practice, Social Policy Analysis, Community Development, Field Education, Foundations for Social Work Practice, Advanced Social Work Practicum etc.

LIVING IN TOWNSVILLE
Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical city with a population of around 190,000. It’s a thriving coastal city and port, and a stepping-off point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. The resort regions of the Whitsunday Islands and Mission Beach are within easy reach, as are historic outback towns such as Charters Towers. university name    Townsville houses teaching and research facilities, the main university name library, cafés, bars, fitness and sporting facilities and a wealth of student clubs and societies. Around 1,400 students live on campus in colleges and halls of residence, giving the campus a true community atmosphere.

ACCOMMODATION
Studying in Townsville provides a source of outstanding education facilities, a safe and friendly environment and real value in terms of living and education costs. Compared to the capital cities living in Townsville is comparatively cheaper I also found on websites like website link , website link  , website link, that there will be some shared apartments available at the cost of around– $XX to $XX ( price mentioned on website)  per week per week (website link).

MY FUTURE CAREER PLAN
After completing my course, I aim to return home, I will have the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to take on meaningful roles in government agencies, non-government organizations and private firms. Being a social worker, I can also make use of my skills in various settings like hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes, community mental health agencies and substance misuse clinics, state and local governments including child welfare agencies and departments of health and human services, schools and other youth-serving organizations, correctional facilities and also private practices. I will be working on various respected positions like Youth Specialist, Clinical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Social and Human Service Assistant, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, School Social Worker, Community Social Worker etc.

Nepal being a developing country has a lot of social issues, especially in the rural areas and there is still a lot of work to do. Social work is a never ending work which requires manpower, and if the manpower is qualified, there is so much to gain in this industry as much as there is to give. There are a lot of INGOs working for the betterment of Nepal and working in INGOs like United Nations, USAID, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), PHASE (Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment) Nepal, SNV Nepal, World Vision Nepal etc So, I believe my international degree can help me go where I have always wanted to go, which is to work in my own country and gain the respect of the people while living near my family. This will give me a sense of achievement which I think is very important to have in one’s life. These organizations pay the starting salary of Nrs amount to Nrs amount to the local graduates monthly. Having an international degree will be a plus point for me as these companies and organization would prefer to hire me with the salary of Nrs amount to Nrs amount per month which will increase along with my knowledge, experience and promotion. I hope to cover all the investments for 6 to 7 years.  The links where I can find jobs in Nepal are: https://nepalijob.com/job-category/ngoingosocial-work/, https://unjobs.org/duty_stations/nepal, http://www.ain.org.np/vacancy/.

Social Work is a young profession in Nepal. It is a Profession which helps people to overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges such as poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, groups and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses and the problems of ever. Social Work is a developing profession in Nepal. Even though it is an internationally recognized profession it has not yet established itself as a Profession in Nepal. Efforts are being made to gain reorganization of social work as a profession in Nepal.

INCENTIVES TO RETURN HOME
After the completion of my studies, I plan to return back to Nepal. Back home, I have my family members who were very supportive during my initial days and I feel it’s my turn to return back the favour since they are emotionally attached to me to a large extent. I am the only son of my parents so I have to look after my mother and father as well. I am very much aware of my responsibility towards them. I have always put my family on top of my priority. My parents who did everything to fulfil almost all my requirements and desires, I am heavily indebted to them, and doing anything for them would be my achievement. They have always been influential to me and my attachment towards them is very strong. Apart from this, we have a property worth AUD amount which I have to look after. Apart from this, there are many social workers in Nepal who have been the inspiration to many. I also want to walk in the path they have shown to many people and work for the people’s welfare. To name some of the renowned social workers in Nepal are;

Anuradha Koirala has been awarded 38 national and international awards in recognition of her courageous acts and achievements furthering the cause of children’s and women’s rights.

Durga Ghimire is a senior social worker and a renowned human rights activist of Nepal. She has been actively involved in the field of Social work since 1975

Sarita Gurung is a philanthropist and social worker from Nepal who collects fund privately from facebook social network and donates to needy people

Himani Shah, Former Crown Princess of Nepal is the wife of the former heir apparent to the throne of Nepal, Crown Prince Paras who is also actively working for the welfare of needy people.  I want to do so much in this field with the knowledge I will gain in Australia. Doctors, engineers, and other professions are well known in Nepal but not social work. Some social workers themselves believe that Social work is just a discipline.  I want to make a change in the mentality of people and prove that this profession is also not less than other professions.

UNDERSTANDING VISA SUBCLASS 500

  • I need to maintain 50% pass grade throughout the study program
  • I need to maintain 80% attendants
  • I need to have health insurance to cover my whole visa duration
  • I need to inform my address to University/DHA within 7 days and need to update any new address
  • I can work 40 hours per fortnight part-time only
  • I cannot change my university for the first 6 months

FINAL WORDS
I would be grateful if you would provide me a golden opportunity to pursue my education at University name . Therefore, it would be an honor for me if given a chance to pursue my education. I hope that you will find me a deserving and creditable student.

Yours Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                  Applicant’s name 

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