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Webmaster

Your main tasks as a webmaster would be to set up, run and maintain websites for companies,organisations or individuals. The websites might be used for such purposes as publicity, marketing or buying and selling on the internet and you would need to start by discussing in some detail the precise needs of your client. At this stage, you would advise on what could be included on the website, including graphics, text and sound, own intranet(an internal version of the internet), you would discuss how this could best be linked on the web. You would be expected to advise on the cost of the project, and either design and program the website pages yourself or supervise others to do this. Once the design is agreed upon and the site is up and running, you would make sure that it is kept as an independent consultant or you might be employed full-time by a large company or organisation.

You would clearly need to enjoy working with computers and to be skilled at programming. You must be prepared to update your skills and knowledge on a regular basis in order to keep pace with rapid technological change. A talent for design would also be very important, since websites need to have instant appeal, in keeping with the image that your clients wish to project. Good communication skills would be necessary, both spoken and written, as you untangle your clients needs and explain your purposed solutions. You should develop a good understanding of business and budgeting, and you must be able to deliver your work within tight deadlines.

You might also like to consider: software engineer, multimedia programmer/specialist, computer games designer, database administrator, graphic designer or systems analyst.

If you were employed full-time by a company or organisation you would probably work a normal five-day week, although there might be occasions when you would have to meet deadlines or deal with problems and, therefore put in extra hours in the evening or over a weekend. As a freelance worker, you would almost certainty find yourself in this position from time to time.

Youth Worker

As a youth worker, you would work with young people aged between 11 and 25, particularly those aged between 13 and 19, to promote their personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. Youth work is carried out in different situations and locations, using a range approaches. You might, for example, operate from youth club or center offering dome activities for all young people in the area and some targeted at specific groups. You might be detached or outreach youth worker, making contact with young people who do not use youth centers. You could work in a school or collage, contributing in particular to PSHE (personal, social and health education), citizenship and study support programs. You might be involved with young people who have been excluded from school, who persistently misuse drugs or alcohol, or who have been involved in crime. You would often work with other services- such as social services, housing, leisure, and health- to develop and improve provision for young people.

You would need to build relationships with young people based on trust and respect, offering them new experiences and challenges and encouraging them to think critically about their lives and values. You would encourage young people to take on greater responsibility for themselves and others and to work effectively as a team, judging when to stand back and when to intervene. This may mean letting them make mistakes but ensuring that they learn from them. You would use range of interpersonal skills such as counselling advocacy and group work. You could not be expected to be an expert of everything affecting young people but you should be aware of other local agencies and what they offer, and to recognize when you need to involve people with special skills and knowledge, while continuing to support the young person concerned.

You might consider: social worker, probation officer, teacher, careers/personal adviser or education welfare officer.

As a full-time worker, you would be contracted to work a set number of hours, usually 35 to 37 a week. You contract would almost certainly specify evening and weekend sessions.