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Case studies: Family support worker: Sue Wallace. Sue recommends a childhood studies degree for anyone interested in working with families and young people I managed to get my current role because of the experience I had gained in my previous post, as I was already working as an assistant family support worker at the time of graduation.

Case studies: Family support worker: Sue Wallace

The family support worker post requires a degree-level qualification so when a position became available after I had completed my degree, I was able to apply and was successfully appointed. My degree was extremely relevant as I needed a related degree. Other options could have included social work or teaching degrees. The BA Childhood Practice degree at The University of Edinburgh specifically includes family work/multi-agency working/therapeutic approaches, etc, which is the very thrust of the remit of the family support worker's job. My degree has provided me with a deeper knowledge of child development, family dynamics and children's rights. I particularly enjoy working with children and young people. Museum education officer: Job description.

Museum education officers aim to deliver high quality and dynamic programmes of learning and participation.

Museum education officer: Job description

They ensure that a museum's collections act as a learning resource for all ages. They work both within the galleries or museums and also in a community context Museum education officers develop, deliver and evaluate programmes and events for classes, groups or individuals, often designed to engage those who may not normally use the museum or gallery, such as hard to reach young people, young children, older people and families. Typical work activities The range of duties carried out by a museum education officer varies depending on the size, finances and outreach policies of each museum, but tasks typically involve: Learning mentor: Job description. Learning mentors provide a complementary service to teachers and other staff, addressing the needs of learners who require help in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential.

Learning mentor: Job description

They work with a range of learners, but give priority to those who need the most help, especially those experiencing multiple disadvantages. The variety of issues covered is vast, ranging from punctuality, absence, challenging behaviour and abuse to working with able and gifted learners who are experiencing difficulties. Learning mentors are predominantly education based (in primary, secondary and further education settings) but have a wider remit including families and the wider community. They work with children or young adults on a one-to-one basis or in small or large groups. Sometimes learning mentors work in offender learning and will also work with adult learners in the education system. Typical work activities Learning mentors perform a wide-ranging role. Tasks often include: Educational psychologist: Job description. An educational psychologist is concerned with helping children or young people who are experiencing problems within an educational setting with the aim of enhancing their learning.

Educational psychologist: Job description

Challenges may include social or emotional problems or learning difficulties. Work is with individual clients or groups, advising: teachers parents; social workers; other professionals. Client work involves an assessment of the child using observation, interviews and test materials. Educational psychologists offer a wide range of appropriate interventions, such as learning programmes and collaborative work with teachers or parents. They also provide in-service training for teachers and other professionals on issues such as behaviour and stress management. Work can also involve research and advising on educational provisions and policies.

Alternative careers in education. There are plenty of careers in education open to you other than teaching in a school, whether you’ve already trained as a teacher or are still considering your options.

Alternative careers in education

Interested in working in education, but don’t want to teach in a school? Whether you’re a student or graduate who’s considering teacher training, or you’ve already completed it, there are loads of career options open to you. And many of them don’t involve working in a traditional school and classroom environment. There are some potential careers that don’t even involve children! We’ve chosen some of the most popular career paths in education that don’t involve classroom teaching to give you a starting point. Have you thought about...

Alternative provision This refers to education outside of schools and includes pupil referral units, hospital schools, home teaching services, tuition centres and e-learning centres, among others. Community development worker: Job description. Community development workers help communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area.

Community development worker: Job description

They work with individuals, families and whole communities to empower them to: identify their assets, needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities; plan what they want to achieve and take appropriate action; develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence. A community development worker often acts as a link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, social workers and teachers. They are frequently involved in addressing inequality, and projects often target communities perceived to be culturally, economically or geographically disadvantaged. Typical work activities A good deal of the work is project based, which means that community development workers usually have a specific geographical community or social group on which to focus. Tasks often involve: Youth worker: Job description.