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If you’re wondering how you can use your DofE programme in an interview situation, here is a handy guide to the skills you can develop through your sectional activities:

DofE Section How this can be used to promote employability

Skills: Self-management, perseverance, commitment and resilience in overcoming personal challenges


Example: “I’d always enjoyed playing Beach Volleyball on holiday so I decided to find a local indoor Volleyball club which hosted beginners’ sessions for my Bronze DofE. I enjoyed the challenge of playing a fast paced sport and although it was hard at time I was motivated to continue because I could recognise my improvements each week which was rewarding.”

Skills: Self-management, commitment and resilience. Skill

Example: “I had always wanted to learn to play the guitar so I chose to start a beginners course for my Bronze. It took perseverance as I struggled to master some of the chords but I felt a great sense of achievement once I completed my Grade 3 and it gave me the determination to continue on to Grade 4 and then 5. I learnt to fit my guitar lessons and practice in around my studies which made me more organised and better at managing my time. I’ve now completed my Gold DofE and I’m still playing, I’m currently working towards Grade 8.”

Volunteering Skills: Communication, reliability, self-management and a sense of responsibility.

Example: “For my Gold DofE, I volunteered with a local silver surfers group, teaching people over the age of 60 how to use the internet. I don’t have much contact with the older generation in my day to day life so I had to learn how to communicate with a new age group which required me to see things from a different perspective. Knowing that these people were turning up each week to learn from me gave me a great sense of satisfaction as well as responsibility. I enjoyed it so much that I still volunteer weekly now around my working life.”


Skills: The ability to work as part of a team, make decisions under pressure, problem solve and demonstrate leadership.

Example: “While on my expedition for my Silver DofE, we lost our way and it was torrential rain, one girl in my group got really upset and morale within the group was low. I calmed my team mates down and, along with one of the boys in our group; I managed to navigate our way back to camp using the skills I’d learnt in training. Eventually we saw the funny side of it and we became closer as friends as a result of working together.”

Residential Skills: Working as part of a team, communication, self-management, confidence.

Example: “I spent my Gold DofE residential section volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand which was something I’d always dreamed of doing. When I arrived, I was put with nine other volunteers who were to become my team mates for the week, they were from all over the world so it was really interesting getting to know them and hear about their varying backgrounds. As a result, I’ve become a confident communicator which I feel will really help me in the workplace as it means I can build relationships with new people quickly.”

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