14 March 2024

Lucy’s new skills are giving her chances for the future

Lucy, 23, saw taking part in her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as an opportunity to do something meaningful and get more experience to help her career goals.

With ambitions of one day becoming a zookeeper, Lucy is currently completing her Silver DofE Award at East Coast College in Norfolk. She’s used her DofE Award to make meaningful changes within her college and learn things that would be useful in the future.

Lucy also chose taxidermy for her Skills section at both Bronze and Silver, and she’s learnt about preserving species and animal anatomy. She progressed to work on her own projects and learnt about the protocols involved including keeping yourself safe and the resources required.

She said: “I was always fascinated by animals, so learning about animal anatomy through taxidermy, articulation and wet specimens immediately caught my interest! I’ve been working on these projects for about four years now.”

“It requires a lot of knowledge but also commitment and perseverance to keep going. I’m excited to keep expanding my knowledge and skills in this area.”

“For my Silver Volunteering section, I was a Student Ambassador at East Coast College, speaking on behalf of other students and influencing decision-making. I’ve gained confidence in this role because I now regularly approach other students to ask about their experiences and communicate this feedback to our senior college leaders.”

“One change for the students that I have been able to positively influence is the affordability of canteen food. This involved several meetings with students and the kitchen manager, but eventually, we reached a decision and made a positive change so that the food in the college canteen is more affordable for fellow students.”

Lucy’s Volunteering section activities throughout her DofE journey – and in her day-to-day life –will all come in handy when she looks to the next step.

“In my spare time, I also volunteer at Africa Alive Reserve and have taken part in various courses to help gain qualifications in the world of animal management, including a Kick Start Scheme work placement at Lowestoft Canine Crèche. My career aspiration is to become a zookeeper and I am confident that my DofE work, alongside my other qualifications and work experience, will support me in achieving this ambition.”

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