So you want to be a Youth Worker…
So you want to be a youth worker, here is what you need to know…
The job description will tell you exactly what qualifications the position requires. For example, some positions require minimum qualifications. If you are unsure, pick up the phone and ask the question. This will serve two purposes, firstly, you will have made direct contact with the employer which shows them you are keen and secondly, you will find out if you have the required qualifications and are not wasting your time.
Employers want to find the right person for the job as recruiting is an expensive exercise, therefore they want to ensure they hire a person with the right qualification for the role. Don’t be shy to ring them as you never know what information you will find out that may be useful in the interview or for another job you may apply for in the future.
Keep it short and to the point, no longer than 2 pages. Please ensure it is exactly what is asked for in the job advertisement, it shows you are keen and motivated. I once had 385 applicants for the one youth worker position. Needless to say if I have to read through a 10 page dossier to find the information I have asked for, you have already lost me. This is your first opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Make it count. Oh, and don’t go back further than 10 years in your employment history. If there are major achievements you wish to highlight do it under another heading, “Major Career Highlights”.
So you have made it to the job interview, congratulations and well done on getting this far. Now, however is not the time to sit back and relax now is the time to prepare.
Most of us know the basics, dress appropriately, be on time, be polite and research the organisation prior to the interview. Here are my interview tips:
Know what you offer and the key points you want to get across to the interviewer.
I am continually amazed at the number of people who I’ve interviewed over the years who don’t ask any questions. My number one tip in the interview is to ask at least two questions. We spend a large chunk of our lives at work and only you know what is important to you. You don’t want to get the job only to find out 3 months later it’s not what you wanted. This is your opportunity to find out if this is the job for you.
Being a youth worker is a rewarding career, you get the opportunity to help young people with a whole range of issues from drug and alcohol misuse to family support, job searching, teenage pregnancy, accommodation support and behavioural challenges, to list a few.
If you choose youth work as your career every day will be different, you will never be bored, and you will get to meet some incredible young people that you will never forget.