In Summary - Youth Worker / Leader
Youth Worker / Leaders typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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Youth workers spend time in face-to-face work, finding out about young people's likes and dislikes, their feelings about society, and any problems they want to discuss. They help people take action in their lives, with issues affecting it from health, education, unemployment and the environment.
Young people use the youth service to meet friends, spend time away from home in a safe environment, get help and advice, and take part in constructive activities. They mentor and counsel individuals to encourage social inclusion.
Full-time youth workers are often responsible for a team of part-time workers and volunteers, some of whom may have special skills in sport, music or art. Youth workers may give talks or arrange specialists to visit to discuss personal and health issues that affect young people. They encourage young people to think about their attitudes to other people, and discuss problems such as racism and sexism.
Detached youth workers go out into the community to find young people who do not currently use the youth service but who may benefit from the youth service. They meet groups of young people, for example, in pubs or on street corners. They win their trust, and find out if they are bored or have problems. They may then arrange counselling services, or encourage people to use the youth service if one exists in the area.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Keep records or prepare reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients.
- Provide information or refer individuals to public or private agencies or community services for assistance.
- Visit individuals in homes or attend group meetings to provide information on agency services, requirements, or procedures.
- Interview individuals or family members to compile information on social, educational, criminal, institutional, or drug history.
- Submit reports and review reports or problems with superior.
- Advise clients regarding food stamps, child care, food, money management, sanitation, or housekeeping.
- Consult with supervisor concerning programs for individual families.
- Oversee day-to-day group activities of residents in institution.
- Assist in locating housing for displaced individuals.
- Transport and accompany clients to shopping areas or to appointments, using automobile.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
Interests - Youth Worker / Leader
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
As a youth worker, you must enjoy working with young people. You must have an understanding of how young people learn and develop, and be aware of the health and social problems that may affect them. A friendly, cheerful personality is very helpful, along with a sense of fun, and lots of energy and stamina.
Good communication skills are very important. You must be able to win the trust of young people from different social, racial or ethnic backgrounds. You will need to listen carefully, and ask the right questions to find out about young people's concerns and problems.
Face-to-face work is demanding so you need skill and commitment. Youth workers need an understanding of the factors that affect young people. You must be able to treat problems in confidence, use tact and have counselling skills to support young people.
Entry Requirements - Youth Worker / Leader
Pay & Salary - Youth Worker / Leader
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 25k - 36k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Youth Worker / Leader
Youth Work Ireland
The Wheel - Support and Representative Body for Community & Voluntary Sector Organisations
Foróige -The National Youth Development Organisation