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Whatever your dream job, Scouting can help open doors. When you’re updating your CV or being grilled in a job interview, don’t forget to tell them about the skills you’ve gained through Scouting.

Programme planning, fundraising, sorting out administration and finances, organising an energetic bunch of young people – all those skills could help you land that job.

Sharon Armfield, administrator and Assistant Scout Leader

'I was pretty nervous at the interview but once they asked me about Scouting, I had them hooked! I began to relax as I talked about the organisation, what I do in my roles and how I support others. Then I found myself writing down details of my Troop meetings so their children could join. Thirty five minutes later my phone rang and the job was mine! I cannot stress enough how important it is to include Scouting on CVs and applications. It’s a perfect icebreaker as well as showing all your skills.'

Wez Swain, circus tutor and Scout Leader

'It was thanks to Scouting that I got into outdoor adventure and found a job as an outdoor pursuits instructor. I travelled the world, teaching everything from climbing to mountain biking. These days, I balance volunteering at my local Group with my current full-time job as a circus tutor. That’s down to Scouting as well – I was asked to teach circus skills at a centenary camp in 2007 and my career evolved from there. There are so many amazing opportunities through Scouting.'

Lara Desroche, carer and Scout Leader

'I was a full-time mum returning to work and my experience in Scouting made a massive difference when I was job hunting. At an interview for a youth work job at a local council, I did a presentation on Scouting to show my experience running activities for young people and my knowledge of the local community. It won them over and they gave me the job. Scout leaders often don’t realise how relevant their skills are to the workplace.'

Andy Mann, environmental health officer and District Explorer Scout Commissioner

'Never hide your Scouting experience, always make it as prominent as you can on your CV or application form. It shows people that you’re a team player, work hard and care about the community. I talked about Scouting in all of my job interviews. Once when I was asked about Scouting, one of my interviewers said his son was working on his Queen’s Scout Award. I joked that I could give him tips. Two months later when I started the job, I did just that.'

Mike Preston, volunteering executive, Group Scout Leader and manager of Scout Active Support Unit FLAGS

'Scouting definitely helped me to get my current job at The Prince’s Trust. There were interview questions about communication skills, volunteer management and creating resources. Scouting gave me the answers! They told me I got the job because I was able to give so many examples of my experience. When you’re completing an application form, change your mindset and think of Scouting as a job not a hobby.'


Top tips

Don’t underestimate the skills you’ve gained as a Scout volunteer. From teamwork to decision-making, communication to problem-solving, there will be many. If you’re asked to demonstrate these in a job application or interview, have some specific examples to hand. Have you organised a fundraising event for your Group? Or worked as part of a team to plan an exciting programme? Your boss-to-be will want to know!

For more details, download our free Get Ahead resources for adult volunteers (18+) or Explorers and Network members (aged 14 to 25).


How to volunteer with Scouts

Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events, there is a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, you’ll be trained and supported.

Many different volunteer roles are available – you don’t have to work with young people and could for instance, take up a finance, media or management role. Search for your nearest Group on our homepage and contact them to find out how you can help.

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