STEPS TO LICENSURE, CONTINUED.

When I found out that my husband and I would be relocating for his new job, I knew that I would have to get re-licensed as a social worker in our new home, the state of Wisconsin. What I didn’t realize, however, was exactly how challenging that process might be.

Not only has the process proved to be quite expensive, it has also been time consuming and at times very frustrating. In April, I finally mustered up the courage to take my clinical ASWB exam, and fortunately, I passed! Unfortunately, it was not quite yet the time to put away my study materials. The state of Wisconsin actually has a state-specific exam over state statutes and other regulations that all social workers must pass before obtaining their certification or licensure.

Even though this exam isn’t as “big” as the ASWB exam, it still isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Having only 40 questions to answer is a relief, but not so much when a passing score is the minimum of an 85%, and if failed, you have to pay another exam fee of $75, as well as endure a specific waiting period until the new testing information is available. Talk about pressure.

As with my ASWB exam, I felt hesitant to submit my exam for scoring. Luckily, I passed with a score of 93%, which was such a relief. I was almost certain I would be shelling out even more money to the state of Wisconsin.

Now that I’ve conquered exam number two, the only pending item I’m still waiting on is for the State of Michigan to mail back my license verification forms to the Wisconsin Board.  Once that is taken care of, my APSW Certification should finally be in my hands, hopefully within just another few short weeks! What a process, huh? I’ll certainly be thankful once it’s all over.

THE INTERVIEWS CONTINUE

I used to be terrified of interviews. Just the thought of having to sit in front of a potential employer and “sell myself” was enough to send me into an anxiety-induced frenzy. Luckily, I’ve had enough interviews over the past month or so that I no longer feel panicked or anxious at the thought of them. It’s been a great opportunity to practice and many times I now feel genuinely excited to share what I have to offer.

So, a little update about my current job search. You may remember that I ultimately made the decision to turn down my first job offer, simply because it truly didn’t feel like the right fit. I unfortunately wasn’t offered the position that I wanted at the other hospital. Even though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, the interview still went really well, and I now know that it would be an employer that I would be interested in working for in the future should the opportunity arise.

Since then, I’ve had a few more interviews. One was for a position in the emergency department, though the commute was extremely far and I ultimately decided it wouldn’t work out (Wisconsin in the winter? That just sounds scary). The other position is for dialysis, and I was actually just called in for a second interview for next week. I have a really good feeling about this one, and the patient population sounds incredibly interesting.

My job hunt continues, though I’m happy to report I’m having much more success than my first job hunt post-grad. What I’ve learned from this experience is that the interview process is just as much for me as it is for prospective employers. Never in my life had I imagined I would turn down a job offer, but I now also know that finding a good fit professionally is of utmost importance. As I always say, we spend too much of our lives at work to be unhappy. Just do what you love and love what you do. Sometimes it really is that simple.

CONQUERED.

I’m just going to cut straight to the chase because I am so freaking excited. I’d even go as far to say I’m on Cloud 9.

I took the ASWB Clinical Exam today… and PASSED.

So, you may have noticed I’ve been quite absent from the blogging world lately, and that is the reason why. For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been hiding under a rock in an anxiety-induced study frenzy. Well, okay, the past week I admit that I was so overwhelmed that I did what I do best in those situations… shut down, of course! Yes, when things get so overwhelmingly stressful that I feel I can’t even cope, I do tend to just ignore the problem and pretend it simply doesn’t exist. Yeah, not my finest trait, but at least I’m acknowledging it, right? Baby steps, guys.

Anyway, luckily I do have some redeeming qualities. On my drive down to the testing center today, I spent the whole two hours doing some mindfulness and relaxation techniques… which primarily consisted of a lot of deep breathing and talking to myself. Whatever works, yes?

Clearly, my pep talk must have worked some magic, because it all turned out okay in the end. I will say, though, I can think of few things scarier than submitting your exam to be scored. I remember wondering if I was sure that I was ready to submit my exam… are you kidding me, of course I wasn’t sure! What if I was just one correct question away from passing? After reviewing the exam to its fullest extent, I decided I had no choice but to bite the bullet. It was nauseating.

It got better, though, when I saw the word “Congratulations!” pop up on the screen. What-a-relief!

So yes, today was a great day. An uber-super-fantastic day. However, my brain is now mush, 4-hour exams will do that to you. But I am oh so happy.


If anyone is taking the ASWB exam in the future and would like free study resources, let me know and I can provide you with the ones I used to prepare for my exam. My biggest piece of advice to keep taking practice tests, it’s the best way to study!

Disclaimer: The information I am providing was NOT obtained from any ASWB Exams, as required per the ASWB Exam Candidate Rules and Confidentiality Agreement.