Gain excellent experience for a career involving working with young people like teaching, youth work or social work whilst developing your own leadership skills for those graduate application forms! Need an interest in music, media, drama, photography, sport or enterprise. Next deadline: 31 March 2015, but will recruit again later in the year in Autumn, so watch this site www.ncsthechallenge.org/seasonal-roles
Can I just say that this is a fantastic opportunity – some of you may have taken part in The Challenge yourself when you were 17 or 18. It is a personal development programme that really develops teenagers’ self-confidence and self awareness whilst also benefitting their local communities.
How do you feel when you hear the term mental health? Interested, repelled or perhaps uncomfortable? If you are in the ‘interested’ category, you may want to know about a new opportunity to train as a social worker.
In September 2016, students will be able to apply for this new programme at www.thinkahead.org, which is funded by the Department of Health. The programme is looking for students who are likely to achieve a 2:1, with a passion for social work and who would like to improve the lives of those who suffer from a mental illness. Think Ahead is an intensive, challenging programme for ambitious graduates who have a rare blend of analytical skills, emotional intelligence and resilience. Year 1 includes and 4-6 week pre-placement programme including initial training, after which you will work in a team of Think Ahead participants under the leadership of a senior social worker, alongside medical colleagues and mental health specialists. Participants will gain a post graduate diploma in social work. In year 2, participants will complete an assessed and supported year in employment, receiving a salary and gain a Masters degree in Social Work.
No prior experience of social work is necessary (but would be a good idea to offer something!)
If this appeals, contact http://thinkaheaduk.org/recruitment/ to express your interest.
A two year high powered graduate scheme, called Frontline has been launched to attract graduates of exceptional quality into Social Work. Like Teach First, after a brief (5 week) a period of intensive training, you will be launched into the field, so will be placed in a Children and Families social work department, with a mentor, together with other trainees. The intensive programme means you qualify as a social worker within a year, gaining a postgraduate diploma after which you can progress to a Masters if you wish. A leadership development programme is integral to the course. Like all graduate training schemes, Frontline is paid employment. Entry requirements – A 2:1 is needed, together with 300 UCAS points.
For Teach First, plenty of experience of working with young people/leadership/teaching is expected, as well as evidence of extra curricular activities – so expectations may be similar with Frontline.The next round for applications will open in Autumn 2014.
Volunteering is the main way in to a career of this kind, such as working in a Youth Offending team, Probation Officer, Prison Governor, Social Worker or Youth Worker. An excellent new online resource “Your Guide to Volunteering Opportunities in the Criminal Justice System” outlines all sorts of opportunities. The opportunities are suitable for all students who would like to get involved in this kind of volunteering – not just Sociololgy or Criminology students. Perhaps you would would like to mentor a young person at risk, take part in a project for offenders on probation or to be a Youth Offending Panel Member?
Excellent training is often available, so do take your application seriously. You might like to book a short appointment for advice on your application or to have it checked at the Careers and Skills Development Service or to book a 45 minute appointment for a mock interview. Continue Reading
Are you a Psychology student who is aiming to become a Psychologist, Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker or another professional role needing knowledge of mental health issues? Then you need to build relevant work experience into your CV whilst at City. Graduating without any relevant experience will mean you will have to volunteer after graduation to gain work experience, when you could be entering paid employment if you had gained experience beforehand. If you are planning to take a Psychology Masters, be aware that only a fifth of applicants are successful in winning a place on a course. So demonstrating your interest and commitment through work experience could help you to stand out against the competition.
When to start though? First year is ideal, as it will leave you time to take on a variety of roles, which will add depth to your CV, but if you are a second or third year, it is never too late to start.
Volunteering is the main way to get experience of working with people who have mental health issues and a huge range of opportunities exist. Continue Reading