• The authors:
    Alevtina V. Starshinova
    Svetlana N. Pankova
    Lyudmila Lesina
  • Issue: July 24-26th, 2019
  • Pages: 241-248
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Abstract. The study continues to search for importance of social work
education in the context of the development of social services in Russia. The
aim of the study is to study the significance of social education in the
preparation of entities capable of operating under the conditions of the
development of the institution of new providers of social services,
specialists ready to work in public and private organizations.
Research based on sociological survey of specialist of governmental and
non-governmental organization of sphere of social services (141 employees,
2018). We conducted a comparative analysis of the educational
characteristics of specialists working in state (103 employees) and non-state
(38 employees) organizations.
Despite the fact that social work education was mostly oriented towards
governmental organizations of social services, there are specialists in this
ratio who do not have professional social work education and more people
without any higher education. In governmental organizations specialists
have opportunity to work as a specialist in social work. In governmental
organizations, there is the possibility of vertical career mobility for
specialists with higher social work education.
In non-profit non-governmental organizations, there is no vertical career
mobility per se, specialists with higher education work here as social work
specialists, educational psychologists, family counselors and others. But
here there is the possibility of creative work, occupying positions of project
coordinators, public relations managers, etc. In private organizations, higher
education specialists in the “social work” profile more often occupy the
positions of managers and perform the roles of other specialists.
Reasons of working in governmental organizations: “helping people”;
comfortable working environment; good relations in the team”; social
significance of the activity; opportunity to work, no matter where;
possibility of self-development; the possibility of career growth;
relationship with management.
DOI: 10.22363/09669-2019-241-248
Reasons of working in non-governmental public organizations: opportunity
to self-development; altruistic orientation; the social significance of the
Reasons of working in private organizations: possibility of selfdevelopment; altruistic values and understanding of the social significance
of the activity; working conditions and relations in the team.
Reasons of working in public and private organizations contribute to
enhancing the value of helping, which is combined with the need for selfdevelopment. The absence of an accidental, irrational choice of place of
work indicates that a conscious mechanism lies at the heart of the choice of
activity. In combination with altruistic values and the desire to fulfill of
socially useful activities and self-development, this characterizes the core of
new social service providers.
Non-governmental organizations attract subjects that are ready for an active
social role in the form of realizing a significant social function. Higher
social work education contributes to the development of greater adaptability
among specialists, awareness in activities and readiness for selfdevelopment. It develops the ability of specialists to overcome difficulties in
the process of their activities, to act effectively under conditions of
uncertainty. New areas of activity in relation to the value of social education
are a value perspective for the development of the profession, social work,
clarification and increase of its social significance.
For the Russian specificity, this stage of development of the social services
sector is characterized by communication between the governmental and
non-governmental sectors. Nevertheless, new areas of activity are attractive
for the most promising university graduates. They are also actors developing
these areas of activity due to their motivation and readiness for selfdevelopment. Through this process, it is possible to reveal the tendency of
development of education, which is determined by the subjects interested in
Keywords: Social work education, non-governmental organizations,
motivation, social changes.

Alevtina V. Starshinova1, Svetlana N. Pankova2, Lyudmila Lesina3
¹Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia,
ORCID ID:0000-0001-8804-5681
²Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail:
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3210-5486
³Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail:

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