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Five reasons to study Childhood & Youth Studies

Childhood & Youth Studies is a rewarding and exciting degree, but why should you study it and how can it help you? Explore some of the best reasons to see if it's the right choice.

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1. Make a lasting impact

When studying Childhood & Youth Studies you start to understand how children develop and the specific structures they require for successful growth. Utilise this knowledge in a career, and you could help young people build their confidence, empathy and ambition, thus preparing them for life as responsible adult citizens.

2. Tailor to your interests

In the first year of most Childhood & Youth Studies courses, you gain a broad understanding of the topics that underpin the subject area. In the second and third years, you’re given several module options to pick from. This gives you the freedom to study the aspects of Childhood & Youth Studies that interest you most, and begin focusing on a career path that feels right for you.

3. Practical experiences

Many courses in this subject area incorporate valuable work-related experiences. For example, you could spend time in an early childhood setting, observing young people and working alongside professionals. This provides you with a taste of what working life might be like, boosts your employability prospects and helps you build your professional network.

4. Career options

You can pursue plenty of jobs with a degree in Childhood & Youth Studies, as it gives you the relevant knowledge for many careers in childcare, education, family support, health, and more. Many students go into successful careers such as teachers, social workers, youth workers, lawyers and policymakers.

5.  Transferable skills

A degree in Childhood & Youth Studies equips you with a multitude of skills, many of which will prove useful if you decide that a career closely related to the subject isn’t for you. This includes critical thinking, communication, organisation, teamwork, supervision, management, writing and clearly presenting your ideas. All of these are attractive in the eyes of employers across many industries and sectors.

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