The mix of practical and academic skills in your youth and community degree prepares you for a range of jobs across several sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Advice worker
- Community development worker
- Community education officer
- Family support worker
- Probation officer
- Social worker
- Teaching assistant
- Youth worker
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Adult guidance worker
- Careers adviser
- Learning mentor
- Outdoor activities/education manager
- Secondary school teacher
- Volunteer coordinator
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Paid or voluntary experience will increase your skills and make you more employable. Experience is particularly important if you want to go into teaching or an advisory or social care role. For classroom experience, contact local schools to arrange visits to observe teachers or to help with non-teaching duties.
Get involved in your local community and build up some experience. When looking for opportunities, highlight any sport, language or performing arts skills that you have. Take advantage of work placements offered as part of your course, or look at finding one in a youth or community centre, school, or college.
Contact your local youth service or club (local authority in Scotland) or voluntary bodies to arrange voluntary or part-time sessional work. You can gain valuable experience by working or volunteering at summer play schemes, youth clubs, summer camps or through tutoring or mentoring.
You can find employment in youth and community work with a range of employers, including local authority youth services, education departments, voluntary organisations, churches and other community-based groups.
- community work
- drugs services
- trainee probation
- welfare rights
- youth justice
- youth work.
Many jobs are project based, covering specific aspects such as poverty, education, homelessness, drugs, sexual health, advisory work, community arts and regeneration.
Skills for your CV
Many courses combine practical and theoretical skills, testing your knowledge in real youth and community situations. During your degree, you'll develop transferable skills valued by many employers. These include:
- problem solving - developed by integrating theory and practice
- empathy, and a commitment to equality and non-judgmental practice
- presentation skills, and oral and written communication skills
- management, supervision and organisational skills
- the ability to work independently and to deadlines
- fundraising and advocacy skills
- teamwork skills and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds.
Some new graduates opt for postgraduate study, such as studying a research-based Masters degree or a PhD in education or community/youth studies. MA courses for qualified youth and community workers are also available.
Other graduates take vocational courses, for example the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Scotland, which qualify you to work as a teacher.
If your undergraduate degree was not validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and you want to work as a qualified youth worker in England, you could take a recognised postgraduate qualification.
What do youth and community work graduates do?
A third of graduates employed in the UK are working as youth and community workers.
|Working and studying||5.5|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Legal, social and welfare||58.9|
|Childcare, health and education work||11.6|
|Retail, catering and bar work||5.5|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.