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Categories: Psychology, Undergradute
Working with young people is highly rewarding, but not everyone has the right qualities to be successful in such an important profession. What you do directly impacts young lives and the local community, so it’s important to upskill and enjoy your personal and professional development.
Here are some desirable personality traits for anyone who wants to become a youth support worker.
Youth workers have to interact with people from all backgrounds, and all walks of life. Not everyone will have the same views or beliefs, so being tolerant and understanding is essential. At the same time, you will also need to help misguided individuals practice their own tolerance, supporting their ability to have better social relationships as they transition into adulthood.
Being real and genuine is something that will be vital to your work as a youth or community worker. The more relatable you are and the easier you are to talk to, the more service users will open up about issues. It’s important to make meaningful connections when supporting young adults, so having an authentic approach is key.
This refers to a range of communication skills that can build your emotional intelligence. These include your verbal communication skills, listening skills, confidence, friendliness, cohesion and clarity, tone of voice, and giving and receiving feedback.
In order to build a good rapport with young people, avoid being pretentious or arrogant, and always leave your ego at the door. At times, you may also need to be lenient and forgiving. You need to be aware that young service users are not perfect all the time, and are still learning and growing. Maintain the mutual understanding that you are not perfect either, and accept that any improvements will need to be achieved through teamwork.
If you have these traits and would like to build on them through upskilling, go to the University of Bolton’s MA Community Development and Youth Studies course page for details.
At Bolton University, we have a proud heritage in quality youth worker training. We rank in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020), and in the Top 50 UK Universities in The Guardian University League Tables 2021.
Enrol in January 2021 to advance your skills as a youth support worker and enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe!