Looking for a career path? Get a degree in Community Development and Youth
29 Jul 21
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Categories: Community Development and Youth, Undergradute
Community studies can make a huge difference to people’s lives, but job roles are often misunderstood. So what do you know about the community work process?
Working with local communities is something that can give your life so much meaning. A lot of youth and community workers begin on this career path for altruistic reasons, because they have a deep desire to help others.
If this sounds familiar, the University of Bolton’s range of could be for you. There are so many components of community work that make it worthwhile, so here we bust some myths and shine the light on what it’s really like to be in this profession.
One of the components of community work is working with impoverished communities, but this isn’t always the case. There are many different types of youth and community work, which means you’ll get to enjoy diversified workplace learning and a whole variety of experiences.
The best thing about this field of study is that you’ll pick up transferable skills that can be easily applied to any community work process, whether you’re working with youths, families, women or elderly service users.
You’ll meet people from all walks of life, both rich and poor, both highly educated and undereducated. The most important thing is that you’ll be able to change their lives for the better through the support you provide, no matter their background.
Some people think that community work is dangerous, particularly when you’re working with young or adult offenders. But the community work process is often structured, and always carried out in safe environments.
Furthermore, the focus of social work is always about healing and change. So even if your job requires you to be in close proximity to offenders, you’ll be moving things forward in a positive way. While some service users may be challenging, risk assessments are always conducted to ensure you are protected.
Like a lot of jobs where you’re required to put other people first, social work can get a bad rap for being tough. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have a good work/life balance. Not all community work requires you to work at unsociable times, and many roles are during standard office hours.
Juggling the different components of community work can be stressful too, particularly if you’ve got multiple cases on your desk. But as long as you know how to switch off at the end of the day, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy balance and maintain your mental wellbeing.
One of the biggest turn-offs for job seekers is hitting the glass ceiling and not having anywhere to progress to. Community work can often be overlooked as jobs that don’t come with opportunities for promotion, but this is not the case.
In fact, there are plenty of prospects out there for those who are interested in taking a team management or senior leadership role.
Not only do we offer a range of undergraduate programmes, but we’re also here to support students looking to go into further study after they graduate.
To find out more, take a look at our community development courses and find a programme that’s right for you.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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