Social work as both an academic discipline and profession interests me. I gained an interest towards the field of social work due to learning about societies issues and people’s personal issues during studying sociology at A level, as we focused on the topics of social policy, Families and Crime and Deviance. During studying Sociology at A level, the positive impact social workers could have on families, individuals and society as a whole was highlighted to us. Social work interested me as the concept of helping people highly appeals to me. The specific branch of social work that engrosses me is working with those who suffer from mental health issues and substance abuse issues. Although this particular branch of social work will require a lot diligent work and it will be intense, in the end it will be highly rewarding to know that I would have been involved in helping people with getting their mental health back on track and/or overcome their substance abuse as I am aware of how negatively these two issues can impact the individuals lives and the lives of those around them. I am particularly drawn to this branch of social work as I feel everyone deserves a second chance and a helping hand when they are struggling with their mental health and/or substance abuse. Many people in society turn their back on people when they are going through these two issues as it scares them and they are not sure how to deal with it so they turn a blind eye, however it is never the individuals fault and they need and deserve a support system to be able to get their life back on track and to overcome their issues. I want to help people so that they are not a danger to themselves and so they can be happy but also so that they are not a danger to those around them. Due to not studying social work solely itself at school, I read the book “Days in the lives of social workers” by Linda May Grobman, as I wanted to expand my knowledge and learn more about the role of a social worker and their job responsibilities. This book was extremely interesting and helpful as it is fifty professionals telling their ‘real life’ stories from their social work careers and the book includes a broad range of branches of social work, which aided me in my decision of which branch of social work I would like to go into.For one week in June 2017 I did work experience at KPMG in Canary Wharf. I was shadowing the leader of the legal team, Lewis Campbell. During my time there I learnt a lot about white collar crime that takes place within the company and companies like it. I had to ask various members of the team questions and read court cases to gain an understanding of what leads people to commit white collar crimes. The opportunity developed my skills of being able to work in a team and to analyse data and reports. The A level subjects I studied were Classics, Sociology and Philosophy and Ethics. In Sociology I learned how to interpret data and evaluate ideas and theories, along with defining hypotheses and applying theoretical approaches to research problems. Studying Classics taught me how to critically interpret sources and to create impartial and logical arguments. Studying Philosophy and Ethics has helped me look at things from a variety of perspectives, to understand different viewpoints and find a common ground between them. During my gap year I have gained more work experience, which helped me develop my communication skills as I was interacting with an array of different people every day and taught me to be a lot more patient than I have been previously. My gap year has also given me the chance to expand my knowledge on topics that interest me, one of which was the topic of social work.