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Overview

Youth workers connect with young people in groups or as individuals. They learn about the issues a young person is facing and support them to solve problems, improve their social and emotional wellbeing and manage their future direction through study and work choices.

Work is at youth centres and community facilities or offices. Travel to meet clients and to attend workshops or conferences may be required.

Suitable for people who are interested in the wellbeing of others. The ability to communicate with people of any age, background and ability is important.

Day-to-day

  • assist young people with social, emotional and financial challenges
  • assess the needs of a young person and advise them about educational, training or support programs
  • put young people in touch with social services or other agencies who can help
  • monitor and report on the progress of young people they are working with
  • establish relationships with communities, schools, training providers and employers.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • stressful.

To become a Youth Worker

Skills employers are looking for

  • First Aid

  • Communication Skills

  • Home Care

  • Child Protection

  • Working With Patient And/Or Condition: Trauma

  • Teamwork / Collaboration

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