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

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

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

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.

Typical employers

Employers of graduates in youth and community work include local authority youth services, education departments, voluntary organisations, churches and other community-based groups.

Professions include:

  • community work;
  • drugs services;
  • education;
  • health;
  • housing;
  • 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.

Find information on employers in teaching and education, charity and voluntary work and other job sectors.

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.

Further study

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.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do youth and community work graduates do?

A third of graduates employed in the UK are working as youth and community workers.

Further study9.5
Working and studying5.5
Graduate destinations for youth and community work
Type of workPercentage
Legal, social and welfare58.9
Childcare, health and education work11.6
Retail, catering and bar work5.5
Education professionals5
Types of work entered in the UK

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.

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