I Want to Work In …Youth and Community Work
INVOLVES: Creating & delivering youth projects to the local community (12 -21 year-olds in particular). Organising activities for groups, & working on a one-to-one basis.
This role operates across a range of agencies e.g. Education, Health, Youth Work, Social Welfare and Criminal justice. The support provided may range from basic information, advice and guidance, to vulnerable young people requiring more substantial one to one support.
EMPLOYERS: Local government in the main, but some voluntary sector agencies.
RELATED JOBS: youth worker, race relations worker, social worker, advice worker.
SATISFACTIONS: Getting out & about in the community. Every day is different. Satisfaction gained from a successfully completed project.
NEGATIVES: Attending lots of meetings. Fund raising. Unsocial hours.
SKILLS: communication, tact & diplomacy, negotiation, organising.
ADVANCEMENT: Mobility is often a requirement for promotion. More senior administrative work in local government is a typical next step.
DEGREE: Any degree subject is acceptable, particularly Social Sciences.
POSTGRADUATE STUDY: A Masters degree or postgraduate diploma in Community Work/Community Development is recommended.
VACANCY SOURCES: The Guardian http://jobs.guardian.co.uk; New Statesman www.newstatesman.com; The Big Issue www.bigissue.com; Regional & local press; the ethnic minority press e.g. Asian Times www.asiantimesonline.co.uk; The Voice www.voice-online.co.uk.
TIPS: Experience is much more significant than degree subject. Gain some while still at university through volunteering, involvement in student activities, etc.
This is an excellent way of gaining career-related experience in youth work, part-time while studying or full-time during vacations or after graduation. Many full-time “voluntary” opportunities provide board and lodging and pocket money.
- Volunteering opportunities through Kent Union
- Community Service Volunteers www.csv.org.uk places over 100,000 volunteers every year: no-one is rejected.
- Do-It www.do-it.org.uk search volunteer opportunities by geographical location in the UK . Also information on gap year oportunities overseas.
- Timebank www.timebank.org.uk opportunities in the UK and a searchable database of overseas voluntary organisation.
- See also Prospects Web Voluntary Work www.prospects.ac.uk/links/VolWork
- National Youth Agency www.nya.org.uk has an excellent Guide to Youth Work and Youth Services on their web site
- Youth Work Now www.youthworknow.co.uk/Careers
- Community Care www.community-care.co.uk the major magazine of the Social Care sector. Its website contains a wide range of information about current issues in Social Care, as well as a jobs page
- The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/society
- Community and Youth Workers in Unite www.cywu.org.uk
- Community Development Foundation www.cdf.org.uk
- National Council for Voluntary Youth Services www.ncvys.org.uk independent body representing voluntary and community youth organisations in England .
- YouthNet www.youthnet.org online charity helping young people in the UK make a difference to themselves and their community by providing information, advice and support.
See our page on this www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/JobProblems.htm#CRB
- Social Work www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/socialwork.htm
- Teaching www.kent.ac.uk/careers/siteach.htm
- Housing www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/property.htm
- Charities www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/charity.htm
- Sport & Leisure www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/sport.htm
Last fully updated 2013