Associate Professor Robyn Broadbent
I’m Associate Professor Robyn Broadbent and I coordinate the Bachelor of Youth Work and the Bachelor of Youth Work and Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management. Here we are training professional Youth Workers and Youth Workers work in communities and they make a difference in young people’s lives every day of the week.
Youth Work student
I’m going to be making a difference in someone’s life and especially for young people since there’s not many services out there that can speak for them so being a Youth Worker allows me to do that for them. So yes, I am looking forward to doing that in the end.
Youth Work student
I always had a passion for food so I got into being a chef for a long period of time and lucky enough to work overseas, I worked in London for a year. I wanted to work with young people and cooking and food. Through being in this course it’s really brought out a passion in me about working with young people and improving their natural skills and abilities
I loved it, I loved the idea of it, helping young people and so I decided to transfer to youth work.
Youth work at Victoria University we are the largest course in Australia so it makes it quite unique in that it provides such a broad set of opportunities. Youth Workers ensure that young people aren’t left out of the picture that they are given a voice and so we have students that come in here that are passionate about it.
All my lecturers and teachers and co coordinators at Victoria University are fantastic like I enjoy going to their classes they make class so enjoyable, they are not boring, they are really enthusiastic, because they have passion about it, they just share it with us, we all have something in common, like they just make it so interesting.
From the knowledge that my teachers have brought to the class, through their experiences and their journey they’ve been on, they’ve really provided the base knowledge to help give you the insight what you need to do achieve your goals
We have lots and lots of students from all different backgrounds but more importantly from all different perspectives as well so it makes it exciting place to be. In my class room all of the time we are asking questions about same sex marriage, about diversity, about drug use, and diversion programs, and youth justice.
The fact that we all come from different areas, different cultures and we all get insight into different people‘s live, just aspects of what they believe their values, what they think is important to them.
We also have practitioners in front of our classes, so when you come here, you’re talking to Youth Workers, we are all practising Youth Workers, that’s what we’ve done, we’re still passionate, we’re still doing.
What you learn in the classroom is really relevant when you are out in the field, and they really link.
You get that real experience and it makes you a much better professional. You’ll just be more equipped because of all of the conversations that you’re going to have at this university in this course.
I have studied at other universities previously and I just found that at Victoria University the lecturers are just so much more approachable. They are always chasing me up and saying, ‘hey Christine, there’s this workshop coming up I think you’d really enjoy it. It really makes you feel valued and it’s more exciting.
The thing that’s stood out for me the most is my own confidence in my ability – I know I came into this quite strong in my ability to chef and I knew I could do that but I was pretty much only skill gathered in my life being to that point.
Our students do professional placement but they also have all of those opportunities in our classroom that actually uses it as a virtual space, it’s a virtual industry space really so we do a lot of that work in the classroom but they certainly are in the community. We have a single and a double degree and we have a Pathway into Education so people can go and do the Diploma of Education, so all of those mean that people have an opportunity to find their niche.
I worked with long term unemployment in my first year, working on a program with young people there, then last year I was actually a hospitality teacher. CHRISTINE I’m really looking forward to my work placement because it will give me a really good chance to network with other Youth Workers really get a sense for what I’ll be doing, when I go out into the field.
All the Youth Workers at Vic Uni we’re all working together and the end of day we can come together and say yep we’ve done the right thing.
I like the commitment to social change and social justice that is represented here and that my colleagues are passionate about so I feel really connected I feel like this is a very good place for me but also for the work and the Program that we run here. Youth Work fits here.
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- Bachelor of Youth Work
- Bachelor of Youth Work and Sport and Recreation Management
- Master of Youth Services Management
- Diploma of Youth Work
- Certificate III in Education Support
- Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs