Have you considered a career as a Youth Worker?


Youth Work

According to the Good Universities Guide*, Youth workers develop and facilitate programs to work with and support young people, either individually or in groups, in order to address social, behavioural, welfare, developmental and protection needs.

Tasks that youth workers often perform include –

  • interview young people to identify problems and act as representatives for them, raising these issues with relevant government authorities
  • assist with developing policies relating to young people
  • provide support and advice to young people experiencing difficulties, such as family problems, unemployment, illness, drug abuse and homelessness
  • arrange and provide counselling, food, shelter or clothing
  • assess risks and provide intensive short-term crisis counselling for victims of domestic violence or child abuse
  • provide information about community services and resources available for young people
  • write reports and submissions requesting funding for continuing programs and new projects
  • evaluate data relating to the effectiveness of community support services
  • work closely with teachers, social and welfare workers, local authorities, health professionals, refuge workers, parents and, in some instances, the police

Successful youth workers should have the following personal attributes:

  • show initiative and leadership qualities
  • have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • be able to work independently
  • have a non-judgmental attitude
  • be able to plan and organise
  • For a more information, students are encouraged to browse                                                                              *Good Universities Guide – Youth Worker

Students can study Youth Work degrees at the following institutions in Victoria:

Institution Course & Prerequisite Subjects ATAR 2016
Australian Catholic University

 

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. 59.00
RMIT

 

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. n/a
Victoria University Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. n/a