Veronica’s passion for assisting youth motivated her to enrol into the Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work).
Multicultural Youth Worker at the Centre For Multicultural Youth
I chose to study youth work because it allowed me to fulfil my passion for assisting others and guiding people towards achieving their best.
When applying for university, it was important for me to choose an institution that was recognised globally and locally. I had heard that the social work programs at RMIT had a great reputation, and was highly regarded in terms of its course delivery and staff.
The environment at RMIT was extremely supportive, I found myself surrounded by lecturers who were caring, approachable and extremely encouraging.
What I enjoyed the most was the practical aspect of the youth work degree. Work placement really diversified my experience and provided me with the opportunity to apply my theoretical knowledge. It was also great to be able to develop connections with professionals in the youth work field. This exposure to industry experts during placements also prepared me for my first youth work job.
I’m currently working in my dream job – I’m a Multicultural Youth Worker at the Centre for Multicultural Youth. Working with newly arrived young people has put me at the forefront of broader refugee and human rights issues. I really enjoy being an advocate in this space.
I love my job because each day is different! Mostly my day involves advocating for young people, liaising with other services as well as meeting face-to-face with different youth. As a youth worker I encounter a wide spectrum of issues – one day I could be supporting a young person at a health appointment and the next assisting with housing.
I remember one time I was invited into a young person's home to meet with their family. I was able to experience first-hand their cultural practices as well as eat some of their delicious traditional food. It was something I will never forget.
One of the most rewarding parts of my career would have to be witnessing the journey of growth of the young people whom I come into contact with. There is a sense of achievement and joy that comes over a young person once they realise they have achieved their desired goal. It is very rewarding witnessing a young person acknowledging how far they have come.
Recently, I returned to RMIT as a guest lecturer, where I spoke to students about my work within an ethical framework. Participating in this provided me with the opportunity to give back and share the knowledge that I have learnt as a graduate.
My time at RMIT provided me with valuable knowledge and practical experience. If you’re passionate about studying youth work I would highly recommend RMIT.