15/12/2020

Categories: Community Development and Youth, Postgraduate

5 Ways to Enjoy Self-Improvement While Doing Your Youth Studies Master’s

The University of Bolton’s MA Community Development and Youth Studies course is one of the best Postgraduate programmes, with students voting us No.1 for Student Satisfaction in Social Work Courses for the second year running in Greater Manchester, and the North West!*

For graduates looking to take their career to the next level, there’s nowhere better to enjoy professional development. Growing as a person is just as important as advancing your practical skills, and that’s why our course tutors work with you to unlock your true potential. If you want to make the most of your training, here are five self-improvement tips that will help you during your course:

1. Create a career plan
Having direction and focus is key if you’re looking to improve your practice. As a student at Bolton University, you will benefit from one-to-one mentorship, with support from passionate teaching staff, as well as our dedicated Employability Team. We will nurture your talent and establish a pathway to your dream job, advising you on personal development in your chosen field.

2. Develop transferrable self-improvement skills
Skills training during your Youth Studies degree is only sustainable when you learn to apply different skills in real-life settings. That’s why it’s important to get hands-on experience, to make your skills transferable for a range of career paths.

3. Always ask for feedback
In order to get the most out of self-improvement and personal growth during our master’s programme, students should regularly ask for feedback. Not only should you seek constructive guidance from course leaders, but you should also get advice from other students when doing team projects.

4. Make time for relaxing and socialising
While some amount of stress is needed for motivation, high levels of stress can interrupt your sleep patterns and harm productivity. So managing your mental health is vital for ensuring you grow and develop in the way you want. Make time to relax and recharge, and boost your dopamine levels by spending time with friends and engaging in social activities.

5. Learn from your peers
Another top tip during your master’s degree in Youth Studies is to learn from those you meet. We have a vibrant, diverse and friendly Postgraduate community, and our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, creating opportunities to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with others. As a youth worker, you never stop learning; this is the key to self-improvement and we always encourage students to have open debates or discussions in interactive group settings.

To invest in a better future in community and youth work, enrol at the University of Bolton, where your needs come first. We pride ourselves on our student-first approach as well as our teaching excellence, and that’s why we rank in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality.**

Find out more about enrolling at a top Manchester university in January 2021 and visit our MA Community Development and Youth Studies course page.

* Complete University Guide in 2021 and 2020, North West region
** The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 2019

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