Sam grew up in Hackney, and started his DofE at school. He knew it would look good on his CV, and admits that he had no idea of the opportunities it would offer him, or the ways it would change him.
Throughout all three levels of his DofE he has been a volunteer football coach in Hackney, helping to provide positive activities to keep younger boys out of trouble. He says “The feeling of volunteering is indescribable and cannot be bought – everyone should do it.
“I think the most important skill I got from the DofE is interpersonal and communication skills. You meet people from all walks of life, elite and down to earth. You learn skills doing the DofE that are not taught in school, and vital skills for work. At job interviews you meet people who have done it, or wanted to do it – it comes up in job interviews, it stands out and you can use DofE for examples in interviews.”
In the future Sam would like to build a career in either the Marketing or Banking sector, or charity work with plans to start his own business later in life.