Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
Youth work is about realising justice for young people, securing their well-being and recognising their human rights, entitlements and obligations.
The role of a youth worker is diverse, with many exciting and challenging career opportunities. This program taps into this diversity by working towards securing the environments in which all young people can explore their individual and collective capabilities and thrive intellectually, physically and creatively.
You’ll develop skills and knowledge in identifying the different needs of young people by combining workshops, field trips and practical work experience.
This program forms the basis for youth work practice, advocacy, planning, management and policy decisions.
Youth workers are found in local government, health services, youth refuges and housing programs. They are also employed in:
- alcohol and other drug agencies
- major welfare services
- youth justice settings
- school support programs
- educational institutions
- national and international organisations.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Members of the teaching staff work closely with industry, resulting in students being exposed to the real world of youth work from day one. This access and connection to the community services sector paves the way for placement and employment opportunities for students.
Classes include a combination of:
- industry based presentations
- problem-based learning
- group-based learning
- independent research
- reflective learning techniques
- case studies.
Assessment tasks include:
- essay writing
- report and project writing
- class presentations
- group work
- online discussion
- case studies
- problem solving and analysis
- industry-based assessment
Guest lecturers will provide relevant and up-to-date industry information.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program includes a variety of learning experiences including fieldwork, work placements, rich online study environments and real-world projects.
Youth work field education is a core component of the degree and provides you with on-the-job experience.
In the second year of the program you will undertake industry-engaged project work, and in the third year you’ll undertake 35 days of supervised placement in agencies that work with young people. This placement can be undertaken in urban, rural or remote locations in Australia or overseas.
Program staff enjoy strong connections with the community and youth sectors both locally and globally. RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Youth workers are everywhere, both in Australia and overseas.
You might work with local government as a youth development officer in:
- youth resource centres
- health services
- community centres
- mental health
- drug and alcohol agencies.
Key welfare services such as The Salvation Army, Berry Street and Anglicare also employ youth workers.
Youth workers find themselves in positions to help the community, working in youth justice and crisis centres, school support programs, disability services and engaging in education, training and research.
Graduates can progress to further study in areas such as international development, education, counselling and social policy. Many graduates have also taken their careers overseas, working with agencies such as Oxfam. Graduates who successfully complete the program have a range of possible career options and may be employed as:
- youth development officer
- community development worker (youth)
- indigenous youth worker
- recreational youth activities worker
- residential care worker
- youth alcohol and other drugs worker
- youth and family services worker
- youth housing support worker
- youth mental health worker
- youth justice worker.
Graduates have taken their careers overseas, by working with agencies like Oxfam.
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