Youth and Community Development Work
Class of 2012
Thanks to hearing very good reviews, Lucy chose our university to gain the JNC qualifications she needed to progress as a youth worker with Lancashire County Council Young People's Service.
What made you choose the University of Cumbria?
Very good course reviews and I wanted to gain the JNC qualifications.
Why did you choose your particular course?
I wanted to progress as a youth worker with Lancashire County Council Young People’s Service.
What did you like most about your course?
The knowledgeable and passionate tutors and the absolutely vital insight into youth work theory.
What was your favourite experience at university?
Being able to do an alternative placement in the voluntary sector and the multiple opportunities to do presentations.
Did you make any lifelong friendships at university?
Yes certainly, I caught up with a few when I came home from Australia and it was like we had never been apart. We were also able to rely on each other a lot throughout university when the course got tough, which it did many times!
Coming to University of Cumbria changed my life. It allowed me to pursue my career overseas, have the best experiences in my work and end up in a managerial position in New Zealand. I’m working in the disability sector in the capital for one of the country’s longest-running disability providers.
What were your career ambitions when you started studying and do you think that you have achieved them?
I wanted to be in the development side of youth work, able to affect practice and the way a part of an organisation is run. I am now Transition Manager for Wellington IHC. I run the service for the city of Wellington and Hutt in New Zealand. In addition, I am running a project on youth development in Wellington.
Would you be where you are today without your degree?
No, as it gave me the vital knowledge to mentor others, conduct practice overseas and gave me opportunities to work in different settings over the year.
What are your current career ambitions now and in the long-term?
I would like to end up working for the Ministry of Social Development as a policy advisor and possibly lecture at Wellington Institute of Technology in their youth work degree. Youth work as a profession in New Zealand is a very new concept, so I feel coming from a country with a history of youth work practice, I can mentor and advise in this area.
What are you most proud of?
Deciding to take my degree overseas to Australia. In Melbourne, I worked as a residential youth worker for a year and then took it to New Zealand. With my experience and courage, I was rewarded with a great position I had only dreamed of.