Worth Their Weight in Gold: The Views of Community Youth Work Graduates in Northern Ireland on their chosen career

Ken Harland, Claire Harvey, Anthony Morgan, Sam McCready

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    This article is based on the results of an investigation into the views of 264 Community Youth Work graduates throughout Northern Ireland from 1972 – 2001. The findings from this regional study provide important and useful insights into the Community Youth Work profession. This paper analyses the findings under the following separate but interrelated areas; Issues associated directly with career such as, fixed or permanent posts, self-image, reasons for entering or leaving the profession, ‘variety’ within the profession, problems with unsociable hours, curriculum and team work. The paper also highlights concerns around retention, management, gender and religious balance and the sustainability of projects due to short term funding trends and the volatile political situation.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages49-61
    JournalYouth & Policy
    Volume86
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2005

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    Harland, Ken ; Harvey, Claire ; Morgan, Anthony ; McCready, Sam. / Worth Their Weight in Gold: The Views of Community Youth Work Graduates in Northern Ireland on their chosen career. In: Youth & Policy. 2005 ; Vol. 86. pp. 49-61.
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