Almost 40* percent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies. Participation in the Award provides you with the skills employers are looking for.Having completed your Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can not only make a difference into securing a place at university but can be the difference in landing that dream job.
It is also recognised globally across more than 140 countries so can be as good as a passport if looking for overseas employment opportunities.
Did you know?
The Award gives you international accreditation for your experiences. Make sure employers know about the skills and experiences you’ve developed through your Award program.
Stand Out in the Recruitment Process
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has come out on top in a recent UK survey as being the most recognisable volunteering program looked for by employers.
The survey, carried out for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, found over two thirds of responders surveyed believed entry-level candidates with voluntary experience have more employability skills such as teamwork and communication to offer than those who don’t.
Add the Award to your CV and LinkedIn profile
Adding your Award to your CV and LinkedIn profile will enable you to stand out from the crowd. Including the skills you have developed outside of the classroom will demonstrate to employers that you have the qualities they require.
Share your Award experiences with employers in interviews
Use your Award experiences to demonstrate to employers how you learnt key skills. For example, you most likely developed teamworking, communication and leadership skills on your Adventurous Journey. You probably improved your patience during your Skill section; taking time to learn something new requires dedication, and you may have even surprised yourself with your ability to problem solve whilst carrying out your Service. It’s skills and experiences like these that employers are keen to hear about, so remember to tell them when they ask for examples of how you demonstrate each of these skills and attributes.
Gold Award Holder Neelam Gopalani outlines how the Award gave her an edge when applying for her first job
The Award gives job seekers an edge
Read Neelam’s story HERE