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Five reasons to study Youth Work

For those considering a degree in Youth Work but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Work with people

If you thrive off helping others – especially young people – then this subject area is all about promoting happiness. Those who can emotionally understand the needs of others tend to be successful youth workers where interpersonal skills are really important.

2. Every day is different

The range of different areas and activities that youth workers can study is broad. These may be projects that help tackle issues such as drugs or crime, or you could learn how to successfully organise activities such as drama or sports. You could even be counselling.

3. Gain transferable skills

Not only will you learn a lot to do with specific youth work-related subjects, but you’ll also gain a lot of skills that many employers across different sectors look for. These skills include management and supervision, problem solving, fundraising and presenting.

4. Charity work

Volunteering for charity may be something that you have done in your free time and highly enjoyed. This can be something you continue to do; many youth workers work closely with charities and local authorities such as Barnardo’s and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

5. Incorporate a talent or hobby

As a youth worker, you may find yourself organising activities that benefit the development and happiness of young people. Whether it be sports, art or any other hobby you have, you can incorporate your wider interests into these activities for young people to also enjoy.

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