Case Study - Thomas Truman

We caught up with alumni and Youth Work Manager Thomas Truman to see how he’s been getting on since graduating with a Youth Work degree in 2013 and what inspired his career path.


Coventry was a good local University offering the qualification I needed for my dream job.

I am now the Youth Work Manager at YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire. Studying at Coventry helped me have a better understanding of the theoretical aspects of the youth work profession. Obtaining a first class honours in my youth work degree and JNC showed me this was the right career choice. These experiences and qualifications have lead me to be able to my current role.



My highlights were meeting other like-minded students who were pursuing a career in youth work.

I had an inspirational youth worker as young person, and I wanted to make the same difference to others that that worker had made to me.

I have built my youth work experience from initially volunteering in my local church. I have then gone on to work with young people in a variety of different settings from local authorities and charities, particularly over the last 8+ years at YMCA, and built experience of delivering training to staff within a training role.

Coventry is a great University, which helps students reach their potential.


The best part of my job is actively making a difference and improving the lives of young people in Coventry.

I lead a team to deliver open access, youth work projects within the city of Coventry that engage young people and deliver a range of opportunities to support their development and transition to adulthood.

The programme is supported by, and delivered in partnership with the Coventry Youth Consortium. The best part of my job is actively making a difference in improving the lives of young people in Coventry.

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