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MAKE YOUR DOFE WORK FOR YOU!


In the May issue of Grad Mag, we explored what The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about and how it can help to equip graduates for the working world, this month we look at how each of the Award sections can be transferred to the workplace and hear from an employer about why the DofE works for them…


In May 2013, we surveyed DofE participants about how their Award programme has helped them to demonstrate employability and the results were impressive! Three quarters of those surveyed said that, in an interview situation, they could confidently demonstrate the skills they have gained from their DofE and apply these to a working situation.


What do real employers make of the DofE?


Here, we hear from Claire Owen, Leader of Vision and Values at Stopgap Group, a marketing


recruitment company, about why she thinks DofE Award holders make such good employees… “As a recruiter, I am always looking out for people who have achieved their DofE when considering their application for a role we’re handling. I think the skills which DofE Award holders have learned or honed whilst doing their programme is what gives them an edge over other candidates, particularly for those who are in the early stages of their career.


If I’m looking to bring on a young person either into my company


or a clients’, they are not coming in with years of relevant industry experience so what I’m looking for instead is someone who is going to bring a positive attitude and strong work ethic.”


If you’re studying and your University doesn’t currently offer the DofE or if you’ve graduated and want to get involved, visit www.dofe.org/takepart to find your nearest Open Award Centre


To find out more about the DofE visit www.DofE.org


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