Life skills

Do you want to gain some skills to set you up for life? This is your chance!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you that could help. You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will teach you new skills. Along the way you’ll have fun, make friends, learn new skills – or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:

Skills for employment

  • Learn how to write a letter of application for a job, complete a job application form and create a good CV
  • Gain work experience in a range of careers that interest you
  • Learn interview techniques and improve by videoing yourself and getting others to appraise you
  • Consider where you might like to work by researching and interviewing people who work in different organisations


  • Compile your own healthy eating recipe book including photos of the dishes you’ve made
  • Research and prepare a series of healthy, low-budget meals
  • Do a course on the importance of hygiene and safe storage of food and utensils
  • Learn how to make a variety of cakes and hold a tea-party for friends

Digital lifestyle

  • Learn to download / upload music, photos and videos and make a digital scrapbook of a recent holiday
  • Create a slide show using digital pictures you’ve taken, and present it to your group
  • Create a short documentary on an issue you feel passionately about, and post it on you YouTube
  • Create a series of podcasts on the best parts of your DofE programme

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who’ve already achieved an Award to see what they’ve done and what opportunities are available in your local area.

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Don’t forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE’s requirements for this section and your level.

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