Thanks to the practical and academic skills gained from your degree in youth and community work you are the ideal candidate for a range of jobs
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.
Work experience, whether paid or voluntary, will increase your skills and employability. It is particularly important if you want to go into teaching or an advisory or social care role. 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 on degree courses, both in the UK and abroad. Placements can be in youth or community centres or schools and colleges and can include work with groups such as young offenders.
Contact your local youth service (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.
For classroom experience, contact local schools to arrange visits to observe teachers or to help with non-teaching duties.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Employers of graduates in youth and community work include 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, such as anti-poverty initiatives, education, homelessness, drugs projects, sexual health initiatives, advisory work, community arts and community regeneration projects.
Skills for your CV
Many courses combine practical and theoretical skills, where your knowledge is tested in real youth and community situations. Your degree also equips you with transferable skills that are valued by many employers. These include:
- problem solving, developed by integrating theory and practice;
- empathy, commitment to equality and being non-judgmental;
- 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;
- team work skills and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds.
Some new graduates move on to postgraduate study, for example 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?
More than 70% of youth and community work graduates are in employment in the UK six months after graduating, while more than 14% undertake further study or combine further study with work in order to gain experience on the job. The most popular areas of work are legal, social and welfare work, childcare, health and education.
|Working and studying||7.5|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Legal, social and welfare||50.9|
|Childcare, health and education work||16.6|
|Retail, catering and bar work||5.7|
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.